Systematic Review: Effectiveness of Acupuncture for Frozen Shoulder
Background & Objectives: Frozen shoulder (FS) is a complex condition of pain and reduced range of motion at the shoulder . Current evidence suggests that acupuncture could be used for treating pain  and musculoskeletal disorders . This project aimed to determine the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment for idiopathic FS conditions.
Study Design & Population: A systematic review will be conducted on worldwide studies of randomized control trial (RCT) in a clinical setting that evaluated the effectiveness of acupuncture on FS, targeting at patients aged 40~70 with idiopathic FS that arise spontaneously and lasted for 1 month to less than 24-month.
Methods: Papers published in recent 20 years will be identified from electronic databases, including EMBase, Medline and PubMed, etc. The reference list of relevant studies will also be reviewed. Duplicated papers will be removed. Papers will be selected base on a series of inclusion and exclusion criteria (e.g. patients’ aetiological and diagnostic factors), followed by quality control of selected papers, qualitative synthesis and meta-analysis.
Implications: If acupuncture is an effective intervention for treating symptoms of FS, patients will have one more therapeutic option, in addition to conventional approaches of western medicine, surgical and physiotherapy. Besides, we wish this study will provide medical professionals and patients with insight into the effectiveness of acupuncture on FS, and therefore more informed decisions could be made by them on whether to choose acupuncture as the best treatment of FS patients’ symptoms.