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The GRASP trial has completed recruitment and will now begin its follow up phase.

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The GRASP trial is looking at the best ways to treat shoulder pain in people with a rotator cuff disorder. We are testing two different types of physiotherapy treatment pathways routinely used to treat people with rotator cuff problems. The study is also investigating whether a corticosteroid injection in the shoulder joint before starting physiotherapy helps relieve pain and improve patient function more quickly.

Since early 2017, 708 participants have been enrolled into the GRASP trial across 20 NHS Hospital Trusts in England. We have now finished the recruitment part of this study. Over the next 12 months we will be asking participants to complete questionnaires at 8 weeks, 6 and 12 months after they first entered into the study asking them about how their health, activity and shoulder pain. The trial results are anticipated in the summer/autumn of 2020.

We are very grateful to all of the patients who are taking part in the GRASP trial and to the clinical and research staff at our participating NHS Hospital Trust’s (

GRASP is funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment Programme (ID: 15/26/06).

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