Shoulder pain is the one of the most common complaints in the general population. There are several treatment options available for shoulder pain including medications, a conservative therapy-based approach, or even surgery. Typically, a conservative therapeutic approach will involve the use of joint mobilizations, stretching, range of motion exercises, and strengthening among others to regain functional ability of your shoulder. However, another modality that is available and is being studied is the use of lasers. Laser therapy is utilized in the clinic to decrease pain and stimulate healing. The effectiveness of laser therapy has been studied for several specific shoulder pathologies.
When compared to placebo, laser therapy combined with a therapeutic exercise program resulted in significant decreases in pain and increases in shoulder range of motion in patients with subacromial syndrome (rotator cuff tendonitis, bicipital tendonitis).1
Recent research has shown that laser therapy can significantly decrease pain and disability in patients with adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder).2 When comparing laser therapy to placebo treatment, laser therapy was associated with significantly better outcomes in patients with adhesive capsulitis.3
Laser therapy is very effective at treating pain related to the myofascia in the shoulder. When compared to ultrasound, laser therapy offers more pain relief during activity and at night, as well as decreased disability relating to the neck.4
- Abrisham, S. J., Kermani-Alghoraishi, M., Ghahramani, R., Jabbari, L., Jomeh, H., & Zare, M. (2011). Additive effects of low-level laser therapy with exercise on subacromial syndrome: a randomised, double-blind, controlled trial. Clinical Rheumatology, 30(10), 1341-1346. doi:10.1007/s10067-011-1757-7
- Stergioulas, A. (2008). Low-power laser treatment in patients with frozen shoulder: preliminary results. Photomedicine And Laser Surgery, (2), 99.
- Green, S. (2013). Physiotherapy interventions for shoulder pain. Cochrane Database Of Systematic Reviews, (3), doi:10.1002/14651858.CD004258
- Rayegani, S., Bahrami, M., Samadi, B., Sedighipour, L., Mokhtarirad, M., & Eliaspoor, D. (2011). Comparison of the effects of low energy laser and ultrasound in treatment of shoulder myofascial pain syndrome: a randomized single-blinded clinical trial. European Journal Of Physical And Rehabilitation Medicine, 47(3), 381-389.
Hohman Rehab offers laser therapy (830Laser) at both of our locations – Clermont 34711 and Ocoee 34761!