Case Study – Frozen Shoulder
I have a client aged 53 who presented approximately 8 weeks ago diagnosed with Frozen Shoulder left side. At the time he had roughly 15% range of movement in his left shoulder going straight up from his hip and both forwards and backwards. His pain levels were high relying on endone from 4pm to sleep.
He has previously broken his right hip, and calcaneus as well as 3 broken ribs in a fall from a ladder approximately 3 years ago. He has disc problems in his lower back and a tear to his right subscapularis both long standing injuries.
Visually comparing his shoulders his right was sitting as normal while his left was lower and wider and his muscles were no longer hugging the glenohumeral joint but loose and weak.
He is an ideal client in many ways, happy to come weekly and determined to increase his range of movement (ROM) and reduce pain. We used Kinesiology and these are the goal statements we used for each of the first 6 weeks.
Week 1 – My muscular system and shoulders function free of dysfunction.
Week 2 – I have freedom of movement in my left rotator cuff.
Week3 – My shoulder muscles work in harmony. I am able to extend my arm over my head.
Week 4 – I increase my range of movement(ROM) and my body functions free of pain.
Week5 – I build strength and ROM in my left arm.
Week 6 – I am easily able to do tasks that require exterior rotation of my shoulder without pain.
Kinesiology is a form of biofeedback muscle testing where you follow a succession of protocols, for example frozen shoulder massage, gaits, diet recommendations, essential oils or many other options depending on the skills and knowledge of the therapist, to gain health benefits. Kinesiology is aimed at strengthening the body’s ability to heal. So, I’m aiming at achieving congruency with the goal statement to align emotional and physical wellbeing.
In the six weeks since we started his ROM is sitting around 80 % and both his shoulder are sitting symmetrical. He is more than impressed to be able to wash is hair with both hands and is able to place both hands behind his back. He has been endone free since week 4 and making steady progress towards having full ROM and freedom in his shoulder region.
Published with permission of client.