Shockwave therapy can tackle frozen shoulder in diabetes sufferers

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Relief is in sight for thousands of people who suffer from frozen shoulder – a condition that is twice as likely to affect you if you have diabetes.

Shockwave therapy already has a strong evidential base for treating adhesive capsulitis (ACS) – commonly known as “frozen shoulder” – characterised by stiff ligaments that may cause pain and restricted movement.

However, recent studies in Italy have shown that shockwave therapy can be an effective and safe way to treat this condition in diabetes patients. The trial found that patients benefited from an improved range of movement and less pain after receiving shockwave treatment once a week for three weeks.

Steroid injections and surgery are often used to relieve severe cases of frozen shoulder. But regular treatments by shockwave therapy could well reduce the need for invasive action, particularly welcome news for anyone with diabetes. In diabetes sufferers, steroids can have limited benefit and can impact negatively on glucose levels.

This is just the latest in a line of reports suggesting non-invasive, safe and painless shockwave therapy could be used to treat a growing range of painful musculoskeletal conditions or distressing disorders such as erectile dysfunction.

Medical journals have also reported that researchers at the University of Salzburg tested Shockwave therapy to treat muscle damage and recorded accelerated recovery in injured muscles. This therapy has already been proven to successfully treat ligament and tendon damage, but this was the first study to confirm its value in healing muscle.

This is good news for a range of problems but particularly for sports people who want to get back to training as quickly as possible.

2017 is likely to see even more announcements about the ways in which this innovative and highly effective treatment for chronic pain uses pressure pulses (or acoustic waves) to stimulate blood vessel and nerve growth to help heal and regenerate tissue.

The UK medical profession is also increasingly using shockwave therapy as a way of treating erectile dysfunction – which is believed to affect around 50% of men at some point in their lives. The risk increases with age and has hitherto been treated with oral medications, pumps or penile injections.

Shockwave therapy represents the latest in the evolution of treatment for this distressing issue and has the merits of being painless, free of side effects and far less “embarrassing” than other treatments.

For more advice on how we can treat your musculoskeletal pain or erectile dysfunction with shockwave therapy, contact us today.

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