Stop the insanity! Put away the Ultrasound and Electrical Stim for the treatment of shoulder pain

Shoulder

“I have shoulder pain, what should I do” Current research may offer some answers..First of all, stop wasting your time with ultrasound and electrical stimulation…..

Many P.T.’s continue to use “passive modalities” to help treat shoulder pain with mixed results. Personally, I found no long term help with such passive modalities like Ultrasound, electrical -stimulation, and Kinesio taping.

A recent study in the March 2015 issue of the PT Journal summarizes it pretty clearly “Ultrasound and interferential current (basically electrical stim with pads) therapy are not more effective than placebo therapy for non-specific shoulder pain” They also don’t have many positive things to say about Kinesio tape for long term shoulder pain.

Just something to chew on for the weekend…..Cheers, Ed