Short-term effects of high-intensity laser therapy on frozen shoulder: A prospective randomized control study.

Abstract:

BACKGROUND:Frozen shoulder, which is characterized by shoulder pain and limitation of the range of motion (ROM), is a common disorder. High-intensity laser therapy (HILT) was recently introduced in the musculoskeletal therapeutic field. OBJECTIVE:The objective of this study is to evaluate the clinical efficacy of HILT in patients with frozen shoulder. DESIGN:A prospective randomized controlled study. METHOD:Patients with frozen shoulder were randomly divided into 2 groups: a HILT group (n = 33) and a placebo group (n = 33). The treatment was administered 3 times per week on alternate days for 3 weeks. For all patients, the visual analog scale (VAS) for pain, VAS for satisfaction, and passive ROM were measured at baseline and 3, 8, and 12 weeks after the treatment. RESULTS:The HILT group had a lower pain VAS score at 3 weeks (3.2 ± 1.7 vs. 4.3 ± 2.2, p = 0.033) and 8 weeks (2.2 ± 2.0 vs. 3.4 ± 2.7, p = 0.042), however, no statistically significant difference in the pain VAS was observed between the two groups at the final follow-up (12 weeks). No statistical difference in the ROM and the satisfaction VAS was observed between the 2 groups at serial follow-ups. CONCLUSIONS:In management of frozen shoulder, HILT provided significant pain relief at 3 and 8 weeks, but not at the final follow-up time point. HILT is a noninvasive adjuvant treatment that can reduce pain in frozen shoulders. Further study is needed in order to optimize the dose and duration of HILT.

journal_name

Man Ther

journal_title

Manual therapy

authors

Kim SH,Kim YH,Lee HR,Choi YE

doi

10.1016/j.math.2015.02.009

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2015-12-01 00:00:00

pages

751-7

issue

6

eissn

1356-689X

issn

1532-2769

pii

S1356-689X(15)00027-2

journal_volume

20

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