Effectiveness of therapeutic ultrasound in adhesive capsulitis

Hacer Dogru, Sibel Basaran and Tunay Sarpel

This study was performed to assess the effectiveness of therapeutic US in the treatment of adhesive capsulitis.49 patients with adhesive capsulitis were randomized to US or sham US. Superficial heat and an exercise program were given to both groups. Shoulder range of motion, pain and Shoulder Pain and Disability Index were assessed at the beginning, after treatment and after 3 months.

The results suggest that US compared with sham US gives no relevant benefit in the treatment of adhesive capsulitis. Effectiveness of US might be masked by worse pre-treatment values of the US group and higher exercise compliance of the sham US group.

Joint Bone Spine, 2008, 75(4), 445-450

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