Frozen shoulder can be resulted from traumatic injuries, disk degeneration in osteoarthritis, overuse, psychological factors, and rare other causes. It is usually occurs in patients older than 50 years. On examination, the range of shoulder movements is restricted, usually above 50%, and there may be signs of fibrositis in surrounding muscle and a diffuse tenderness in the rotator cuff. Early diagnosis is essential in frozen shoulder because most patients may develop anxiety and depression as a result of frustration and lack of active shoulder. In Conventional Western management, arthroscopic surgery might be indicated, while cortison injection is common with the risk of tendon rupture. However, acupuncture can be very useful to resolve the problem of frozen shoulder. The patient usually receives number of acupuncture sessions (Manual and electrical acupuncture) and each one may take up to 30-minute. The patient should exercise faithfully with a slow warm-up.
Acupuncture Specialist , Dr. Tukmachi, has published his successful clinical research on using acupuncture in frozen shoulder. He treated 31 such patients aged 36-93 years with signs and symptoms of frozen shoulder for 1-36 months; 11 required 4-8 sessions for marked improvement, and 12 required 9-15. Eight of 10 with an idiopathic etiology, 11 of 14 due to arthritis, and 4 of 6 post-traumatic patients showed marked improvement, with some improvement in all. Age did not greatly influence the results. A randomized controlled study was warranted.
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