The latest focussed shockwave therapy offers a safer treatment option for people with diabetes who suffer from adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder).
Frozen shoulder develops when ligaments near the shoulder become stiff and people with diabetes can be up to twice as likely to develop frozen shoulder than the norm.
Typically, when symptoms become acute, sufferers might be treated with steroid (Cortisone) injections or invasive surgery, but recent scientific research shows that extracorporeal shockwave therapy (EWST) could provide a safer alternative.
Cortisone injections around the tendons or joints where inflammation is present, is commonly used to treat a variety of orthopaedic conditions such as tendonitis, bursitis and arthritis.
One of the side effects with steroid injections in diabetes patients is that they can significantly raise blood glucose levels for several days after the injection, also, the duration of benefit is shorter.
Research published in the online journal Diabetes Care, concluded, “… it would be preferable to avoid steroids and opt for alternative therapies in these individuals.”