Shockwave therapy can relieve shoulder pain and stiffness in MS sufferers

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Many people who suffer from multiple sclerosis (MS) suffer from musculoskeletal aches and pains from time to time. Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) can be especially problematic, especially in those who suffer from relapsing/remitting MS. Frozen shoulder is a painful condition affecting the shoulder joint, leaving it immobile and stiff. The precise cause of frozen shoulder in MS sufferers is not known, although it can result as a complication of the condition.

Physiotherapy is the usual course of treatment and rehabilitation for MS patients suffering from frozen shoulder, but now shockwave therapy (ESWT) can be used to tackle the problem too. So how could shockwave therapy help to manage this debilitating condition?

ESWT in the treatment of frozen shoulder

ESWT, when used in conjunction with other therapies, including physiotherapy and painkillers, can be an extremely effective way of treating frozen shoulder. One of the major advantages of using ESWT for MS sufferers is that it is a non-invasive therapy so it does not involve the use of any drugs or surgery that could cause issues with existing drug regimes.

Recovery from frozen shoulder can be a lengthy process. Your physiotherapist will begin your treatment by trying to improve mobility in the tissues and structures that form your shoulder joint. They will use massage to loosen the muscles that support the joint, and will also introduce stretching exercises in an attempt to release the joint capsule.

ESWT can be used in conjunction with physiotherapy. During the ESWT treatment, pressure waves are used to deliver a mechanical force to the tissues in the affected area. This action causes inflammation and encourages the body to improve its blood circulation by self-healing. The result is a drastic reduction in pain and stiffness, bringing almost simultaneous relief to the patient.

Studies have shown that ESWT is very effective in treating adhesive capsulitis, colloquially referred to as frozen shoulder. You will typically need one or two repeat treatments after a week or two to maintain the efficacy of the therapy, and these will be carried out at our Harley Street or Guildford clinics, whichever is most convenient for you.

ESWT forms an important part of the treatment and rehabilitation of the painful and debilitating condition of frozen shoulder in MS sufferers. To find out more and to book an initial consultation, contact our helpful team.

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