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Shoulder FAQ


I just had both shoulders treated with heat waves to shrink the tissue around the joint. How long will it be before I see any results?


Heat via laser light or adiofrequency electrical current can be applied to the capsular tissues around the shoulder to "tighten up" the tissue. This helps hold the shoulder stable and prevents further dislocations.

It works by causing an inflammatory response in the tissue. The tissue fibers called collagen is stimulated to heal, a process that takes at least six weeks. Sometimes healing takes as much as three to four months.

The patient can expect to see changes around that time. You must be careful to follow your doctor's counsel. Most patients are told to keep the shoulder immobile for at least two weeks and sometimes longer. Returning to sports or athletic activities too soon can be a problem.

Donald F. D'Alessandro, MD, et al. Prospective Evaluation of Thermal Capsulorrhaphy for Shoulder Instability. Indications and Results, Two- to Five-Year Follow-up. In The American Journal of Sports Medicine. January/February 2004. Vol. 32. No. 1. Pp. 21-33.

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