Attempt to improve treatment of painful frozen shoulder syndrome by including pulsed magnetic therapy was made in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial (Galace de Freitas et al., 2014) with 56 patients already undergoing conventional rehabilitation exercises.
The effects of treatment in patients who underwent three-week pulsed magnetic therapy were evaluated in comparison to the control group that was not treated with pulsed magnetic fields. Study concentrated on pain relief, function improvement and muscle strengthening. Both groups underwent rehabilitation exercises aimed at strengthening the muscles and the results have been collected for the next three months.
Throughout the 3 months period, patients who were additionally treated with pulsed magnetic therapy showed better functioning of muscles and stronger pain relief. On the other hand, muscle strengthened in both groups to the similar extent.
The results of this study therefore confirm that pulsed magnetic fields enhance the positive effects of rehabilitation exercises, provide additional pain relief and improve functioning of shoulders.
Pulsed magnetic therapy thus significantly contributes to the rehabilitation of patients suffering from painful frozen shoulder syndrome.
Related diagnosis: Frozen (stiff) shoulders
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