DR CHRISTOPHER KEVIN WONG AND PT STUDENTS PUBLISH CASE SERIES SUPPORTING NATURAL HISTORY THEORY OF FROZEN SHOULDER

Posted by vanessa on April 13, 2018

Dr. Christopher Kevin Wong  and students of the DPT class of 2016 have published a follow-up case series to an earlier Physiotherapy systematic review, published with Dr. William N. Levine, MD, Chairman, Orthopedic Surgery. The systematic review—highlighted in a recent blog post "8 Lies I Learned In Physical Therapy School" found no evidence to support the natural history theory of the frozen shoulder. Strong evidence directly contradicted the theory of a "thawing out" to normal without care.

The current case series describes an inter-regional dependence approach to frozen shoulder that used a variety of manual therapy techniques to the cervical-thoracic, shoulder girdle, as well as the shoulder in the plan of care. Range of motion was restored to normal for these cases, with lasting functional outcomes 13-56 weeks post-discharge. You may access the article here.
 
Wong CK, Strang B, Schram G, Mercer E, Kesting RS, Deo K. A pragmatic inter-regional dependence approach to primary frozen shoulder: a case series. J Man Manip Ther, 2018;26(2):109-118. Epub Feb 6, 2018.

Dr. Christopher Kevin Wong

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