Calcific Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy

Effectiveness of Radial Shock-Wave Therapy for Calcific Tendinitis of the Shoulder: Single-Blind, Randomized Clinical Study.
Cacchio A et al.

Phys Ther. 2006;86(5):672-82.

Summary:   RCT – 90 patients – active versus placebo treatment.  RSWT effectively reduces pain (improvement of VAS scores) and increases shoulder function (improvement of UCLA Shoulder Rating Scale scores) without device-related adverse effects.  The results seen after the treatment were maintained over the following 6 months.  RSWT was unexpectedly better in dissolving calcifications of the shoulder than focused shock wave therapy in the literature: calcifications disappeared completely in 86.6% of the subjects in the treatment group and partially in 13.4% of subjects.

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