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Shoulder Pain

Anterior Shoulder Pain
Anterior Shoulder Pain (e.g. Biceps Tendinitis, Supraspinatus Tendinitis, Superior Labrum Anterior to Posterior (SLAP) Tear)

E-set: For pain occurring on the anterior of the shoulder, for example, for pain from Biceps Tendinitis, Supraspinatus Tendinitis or a Superior Labrum Anterior to Posterior (SLAP) Tear, the small round Primary Electrode should be placed directly over the pain site on the anterior of the shoulder as shown in the photo above.

One corner of the rectangular Secondary Electrode should be located just posterior to the AC joint and be placed along the spine of scapula as shown in the photo above.

This is the most comfortable location to receive stimulation in the shoulder from the rectangular Secondary Electrode. The rectangular Secondary Electrode should not touch the deltoid because it may feel fatigued following the treatment and stimulation over the softer tissue in that region will prevent the patient from achieving a higher intensity level. Generally, the higher the intensity, the greater the efficacy, as long as the treatment remains comfortable.

Posterior Shoulder Pain
Posterior Shoulder Pain (e.g. Infraspinatus Strain, Posterior Rotator Cuff Pain)

E-set: For pain occurring on the posterior of the shoulder, for example, from an infraspinatus strain or from posterior rotator cuff tendinitis, the small round Primary Electrode should be placed directly over the pain site on the posterior of the shoulder as shown in the photo to the right.

One corner of the rectangular Secondary Electrode should be located just posterior to the AC joint and be
placed along the spine of scapula as shown in the photo to the right.

This is the most comfortable location to receive stimulation in the shoulder from the rectangular Secondary Electrode. The rectangular Secondary Electrode should not touch the deltoid because it may feel fatigued following the treatment
and stimulation over the softer tissue in that region will prevent the patient from achieving a higher intensity level. Generally, the higher the intensity, the greater the efficacy, as long as the treatment remains comfortable.

Pain at Edge of Shoulder
Pain at Edge of Shoulder (e.g. Rotator Cuff Tendinitis)

E-set: The small round Primary Electrode is placed directly over the pain site on the edge of the shoulder.

The front corner of the larger rectangular electrode is anchored over the AC joint and is angled back along the spine of scapula. This is a very comfortable location to receive stimulation in the shoulder. The larger rectangular Secondary Electrode should stay off of the trapezius as it may be held in tension during the treatment and not allow the patient to advance to higher intensities.

Half of one inch (0.5 inches) is the minimum spacing between the electrodes on the shoulder. The electrodes must not touch one another.

Pain at AC Joint or Inside the Shoulder
Pain at AC Joint or Inside the Shoulder (e.g. AC Sprain, Frozen Shoulder)

E-set: For pain occurring on the top of or inside the shoulder, for example, for pain from an Acromioclavicular (AC) sprain or from Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder), the small round Primary Electrode should be placed directly over the pain site at the AC joint as shown in the photo above.

One corner of the rectangular Secondary Electrode should be located just posterior to the AC joint and be placed along the spine of scapula as shown above.

The rectangular Secondary Electrode should not touch the belly of the deltoid because the deltoid may feel fatigued following the treatment and stimulation over the softer tissue in that region will prevent the patient from achieving a higher intensity level. Generally, the higher the intensity, the greater the efficacy, as long as the treatment remains comfortable. Maintain at least 0.5 inches of spacing between the two electrodes.

This is the primary electrode placement for general pain inside the joint and for adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) treatments. See “Shoulder Pain with Equal Pain in Two Locations” as an alternative electrode placement for these types of pain conditions.

Shoulder Pain in Two Locations
Shoulder Pain in Two Locations (may also be used for Frozen Shoulder)

B-set: Two same sized round 2″ diameter Primary Electrodes are used for two locations of pain or as an alternative placement for general pain inside the shoulder joint or pain from Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder).

For example, one electrode may be placed directly over the pain site on the anterior of the shoulder over the biceps tendon; the second may be placed over the top of the shoulder over the AC joint, or one of the electrodes may be placed on the posterior of the shoulder. Both electrodes should cover directly over locations where pain presents. One inch is the minimum spacing between these electrodes on the shoulder. There is no maximum spacing between the electrodes. The electrodes must not touch one another.

This is an alternative placement for general pain inside the joint and for adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) treatments.

Sternoclavicular (SC) Pain
Sternoclavicular (SC) Pain (e.g. SC Sprain)

E-set: For pain occurring on the sternoclavicular joint, for example, from a sternoclavicular (SC) sprain, the small round Primary Electrode should be placed directly over the pain site where the clavicle meets the sternum as shown in the photo above.

For this placement make sure the small round electrode DOES NOT TOUCH the soft tissue on the anterior of the neck.

One corner of the rectangular Secondary Electrode should be located just posterior to the AC joint and be placed along the spine of scapula as shown in the photo above. This is the most comfortable location to receive stimulation in the shoulder from the rectangular Secondary Electrode.

The rectangular Secondary Electrode should not touch the deltoid because it may feel fatigued following the treatment and stimulation over the softer tissue in that region will prevent the patient from achieving a higher intensity level. Generally, the higher the intensity, the greater the efficacy, as long as the treatment remains comfortable.

Trapezius Pain in One Location
Trapezius Pain in One Location

E-set: The small round Primary Electrode is placed directly over the pain site on the trapezius.

The front corner of the larger rectangular Secondary Electrode is anchored just posterior to the AC joint and is angled back along the spine of scapula. This is a very comfortable location to receive stimulation in the shoulder. ​The rectangular Secondary Electrode should stay off of the deltoid as the deltoid may feel very fatigued following a treatment.

Half of one inch (0.5 inches) is the minimum spacing between the electrodes on the shoulder. The electrodes must not touch one another.

Warning: Electrodes must not touch each other.

Bilateral Trapezius Pain
Bilateral Trapezius Pain

B-set: Two same sized round Primary Electrodes are used for two locations of pain. For example, one may be placed directly over the pain site on the left trapezius; the second may be placed directly over the pain site on the right trapezius. Both electrodes should cover directly over locations where pain presents.

There is no maximum spacing between the electrodes.