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ACE Report #9995
Ace Report Cover Physical Therapy & Rehab

Radial ESWT offers no additional effect over sham therapy for treatment of subacromial shoulder pain

Study Type:Therapy
OE Level Evidence:1
Journal Level of Evidence:1

Effectiveness of Radial Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (rESWT) When Combined With Supervised Exercises in Patients With Subacromial Shoulder Pain: A Double-Masked, Randomized, Sham-Controlled Trial

Am J Sports Med. 2017 Sep;45(11):2547-2554

Contributing Authors: JI Brox NG Juel E Bautz-Holter L Sandvik E Kvalvaag KB Engebretsen HL Soberg C Roe

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143 patients with symptomatic subacromial impingement were randomized to a supervised exercise program with the addition of either radial extracorporeal shockwave therapy (rESWT) or sham rESWT. Patients were assessed for outcome on the Shoulder Pain and Disability Index (SPADI), pain at rest, and pain during activity. In analysis of all patients, there were no significant between-group difference...

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