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Shoulder Impingement Syndrome is relatively common, constituting approximately 50% of all cases where individuals reported shoulder pain that is often caused by injury or significant, consistent strain. Shoulder Impingement Syndrome occurs near the muscles surrounding the rotator cuff. In many cases, the muscles are pinched. The physical limitations imposed upon individuals who have it are significant and often times the condition is extremely painful.
Studies have proven that low laser therapy can be just as effective as ultrasound therapy with respect to alleviating pain associated with shoulder impingement syndrome.
A study included 31 suffers. 16 received low laser therapy and 15 received ultrasound therapy. Treatment lasted for two weeks. At one and three month intervals, patients in both groups displayed marked improvement in terms of mobility, sleep disturbances and pain levels. While both treatment methods were proven to be effective in the treatment of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome, neither method was proven to be more effective than the other. They both work.
Low laser therapy is not specifically a new addition to the medical field. Chiropractors use low laser therapy to target pain commonly associated with whiplash including back pain. Trace amounts of infrared and red lights are administered directly to the areas of the body from which pain is emanating. It has been suggested that the procedure stimulates the production of ATP (this is the source from which muscles derive the energy needed to contract). The resultant increase in blood flow improves circulation and reduces swelling.