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Effectiveness of Acetic Acid Iontophoresis and Ultrasound on Calcifying Tendonitis of the Shoulder

Cuadros MF1* and Moro OSP2

1Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine Department, Santisima Trinidad’s General Foundation Hospital, Salamanca, Spain

2Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine Department, Santa Cristina’s University Hospital, Madrid, Spain

Corresponding Author:
Cuadros MF
Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine Department
Santisima Trinidad’s General Foundation Hospital, Salamanca, Spain
Tel: 0034620314558
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: August 08, 2016; Accepted Date: September 16, 2016; Published Date: October 06, 2016

Citation: Cuadros MF, Moro OSP (2016) Effectiveness of Acetic Acid Iontophoresis and Ultrasound on Calcifying Tendonitis of the Shoulder. J Women's Health Care 5:328. doi: 10.4172/2167-0420.1000328

Copyright: © 2016 Cuadros MF, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Calcifying tendonitis; Shoulder pain; Iontophoresis; Ultrosund therapy

Case Report

Calcifying tendonitis (CT) is a common cause of shoulder pain and labour inability. The origin is the deposit of calcium phosphate/ carbonate over a previously healthy tendon. The pathogenesis is unknown. CT is common in middle-aged working-women. It affects supraspinatus tendon. It is associated with smoking. Occupational risk factors are awkward positions and lifting weights [1].

Three stages with clinical/histological/radiological correlation are described, and sometimes overlap:

1) Pre-calcification

2) Calcification: a) Formative b) Resorptive

3) Post-calcification

The diagnosis is clinical and radiological [1].

CT treatment is initially conservative. Different electrotherapy techniques are useful reducing pain but not the calcification [1].

Iontophoresis is a non-invasive technique that increases the penetration of transdermal substances through the skin layers with the help of electric current, based on physical-chemical principles of attraction and repulsion of charges [2]. In 1955 Psaki and Carrol introduced acetic-acid Iontophoresis as an effective treatment in shoulder CT [2]. However, there are few and controversial studies to support its use. Low-frequency-Ultrasound works synergistically with Iontophoresis; it could help disintegrate and reabsorb calcification due to their mechanical and thermal effects [3].

We present the case of a 44-years-old woman, who reported a twomonth history of shoulder pain which increased with movements. The pain worsened at night. The patient was right handed, not smoker, and she worked as a teacher. Anti-inflammatory drugs had no alleviation of symptoms. Radiography showed a resorptive calcification of the right supraspinatus tendon. After 10 sessions of 5% acetic-acid Iontophoresis (4.7 mA×10 minutes) and Continuous Ultrasound (1 W/ cm2/1 MHz×5 minutes) over calcification, pain decreased from 10/10 to 5/10 on the Visual Analogical Scale (VAS), and calcification decreased from 24 mm to 3 mm, evaluated by 100%-size, posterior anterior radiographies of the right shoulder (Figure 1).


Figure 1: Calcifying tendonitis of the shoulder 10 sessions of AA Iontophoresis+US

We confirmed that the combination of 5% acetic-acid Iontophoresis and continuous Ultrasound is a safe and simple technique, capable to reduce pain and calcification.


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