The influence of functional band and radial shock wave therapy on the calcifications in m. supraspinatus tendon - pilot study

Jurica Posavec, Marin Hitrec, Anita Breko Cukrov



Introduction: Calcifications in the tendon of the m. supraspinatus cause pain and restriction of movement in the shoulder and lead to restriction of activities of daily living.

Aim: To determine the effect of functional band and radial shock wave on m. supraspinatus  on shoulder pain, range of motion and function of the shoulder joint and calcifications.

Materials and methods: The sample included 20 subjects with calcifications in the tendon of m. supraspinatus. Functional band and radial shock wave were applied to the experimental group and radial shock wave only to the control group. Measurements of the range of motion in the shoulder joint, the pain and functional ability of scholulder (SPADI), pain intensity by Visually Analog Scale and the calcific size measurements by diagnostic ultrasound were performed.

Results: The results indicate that there was no statistically significant difference between the groups in pain intensity, range of motion, shoulder joint function and calcifications.

Conclusion: The results of this pilot study indicate that the use of the functional band and the radial shock wave do not affect the calcifications of m. supraspinatus.