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