A team of researchers based in Oslo, Norway compared the effectiveness of radial extracorporeal shockwave treatment (low to medium energy impulses delivered into the tissue) with supervised exercises in patients with shoulder pain.
They conclude: "Supervised exercises were more effective than radial extracorporeal shockwave treatment for short term improvement in patients with subacromial shoulder pain."
At Austin Personal Trainers and New Orleans Personal Trainers while we are not doctors or physical therapists, we have had wonderful success with injured clients once their doctor’s clear them for exercise.
We use an exercise protocol that was derived from a study working with osteoporosis patients. Researchers found that joints hurt less, bone density increased and muscles were stronger and more toned with minimal time exercising.
We use primarily MedX rehabilitative exercise equipment. The movement of the equipment is in sync with the movement of the body so that the shoulders, hips and back are not put in a potentially dangerous position. There is great capability to limit the range of motion, so that it can be set to suitable range of motion for those overcoming injuries.
I am currently working with two clients with pretty severe shoulder injuries. One client broke his upper arm in seven places. Another client had to have his shoulder totally reconstructed. Part of his new shoulder is prosthetic. Both have limited movement and both have spent their allotted time in physical therapist.
We use a great variety of methods to improve their condition. Every week the two injured clients have gained strength and have gained a little more range of motion. It is rewarding just to be a small part of their progress.
A past blog entry on the same subject ->Strength Training for Those Who Have Had Rotator Cuff Injuries and Back Problems