The Contributions of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy to the Improvement of the Quality of Life in Patients with Scapulohumeral Periarthritis


  • Daniel-Lucian Dobreci "Vasile Alecsandri" University OF Bacău, 157 Marasesti Av., 600115, Romania
  • Adina Camelia Șlicaru "Vasile Alecsandri" University OF Bacău, 157 Marasesti Av., 600115, Romania



shock wave, pain, quality of life, impingement, supraspin


The main purpose of this study was to evaluate to what extent shock wave therapy (ESWT) can influence the quality of life of patients with scapular-humeral periarthritis (PSH). The study included 30 male and female PSH sufferers who had previously undergone various therapies without any success in disease progression. The VAS scale, the Roles-Maudsley score, and the Flanagan Life Quality Scale with seven points on the rating scale recommended by Andrews and Crandall were used to evaluate patient evolution. ESWT sessions were held on a seven-day session for 12 weeks. Between ESWT meetings each patient followed a home medical gymnastics program. Following the study, ESWT treatment had a good effect on the progression of PSH patients in terms of pain reduction and disappearance, as well as regaining mobility of the affected shoulder. The conclusion of this studio is that shock wave therapy can help improve the quality of life of PSH patients.


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