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ACE Report #4408
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Hyperthermia, a possible alternative treatment for rotator cuff tendinopathy


Study Type:Therapy
OE Level Evidence:2
Journal Level of Evidence:N/A

Effects of local microwave diathermy on shoulder pain and function in patients with rotator cuff tendinopathy in comparison to subacromial corticosteroid injections: a single-blind randomized trial

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2012 Apr;42(4):363-70. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2012.3787. Epub 2012 Jan 25

Contributing Authors: A Rabini DB Piazzini C Bertolini L Deriu MF Saccomanno DA Santagada A Sgadari R Bernabei C Fabbriciani E Marzetti G Milano

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Synopsis

92 patients who required treatment of rotator cuff tendinopathy were randomized to receive conventional subacromial corticosteroid injections or hyperthermia to determine its effect on shoulder disability, function, and pain following treatment. QuickDASH, Constant, and VAS-pain scores were recorded over 24 weeks. The results indicated that both groups demonstrated an improvement from baseline mea...

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