Effect of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy on Pain and Function in Patients with Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

체외충격파치료가 회전근개 건염 환자의 통증 및 기능에 미치는 영향

  • Seo, Hyung-Seok (Department of Physical Science, The Graduate School, Korea National University of Transportation) ;
  • Sung, Youn-Bum (Department of Physical Science, The Graduate School, Korea National University of Transportation) ;
  • Lee, Jung-Ho (Department of Rehabilitation Science, The Graduate School, Daegu University) ;
  • Park, Young-Han (Department of Physical Therapy, Korea National University of Transportation)
  • 서형석 (한국교통대학교 자연과학 대학원) ;
  • 성연범 (한국교통대학교 자연과학 대학원) ;
  • 이중호 (대구대학교 재활과학 대학원) ;
  • 박영한 (한국교통대학교 물리치료학과)
  • Received : 2012.05.29
  • Accepted : 2012.07.12
  • Published : 2012.07.31


The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether extracorporeal shock wave (ESWT) is an effective treatment for rotator cuff tendinitis. Study subjects included 32 patients (16 in the experimental group and 16 in the control group). The patients were evaluated by assessing pain and function using visual analog scale (VAS), pressure pain threshold (PPT), Constant and Murley Scale (CMS), and simple shoulder test (SST). The results of this study indicated that ESWT after the subjects in the experimental group experienced significant changes in pain, range of motion, muscle strength, and function when compared to the control group. These results indicate that ESWT could be considered as an effective and efficient treatment for rotator cuff tendinitis.


ESWT;Rotator cuff tendinitis;Pain;Function


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