The Effect of Additional Mobilization with Conservative Physical Therapy in Patients with Frozen Shoulder on ROM and Subjective Pain Scale

동결 견 환자에 대한 보존적 물리치료와 관절 가동술의 병행이 주관적 통증지수와 관절가동범위에 미치는 효과

  • 형인혁 (윤현기 정형외과 물리치료실) ;
  • 하미숙 (마산대학 물리치료과)
  • Published : 2009.11.28


Frozen shoulder is clinically characterized by pain and reduced ROM. The therapeutic goal of frozen shoulder can be reducing pain and increasing ROM in shoulder joint, resulting in improvement of joint movement. Therefore, this study was conducted to know the effect of mobilization in parallel with conservative physical therapy(H/P, TENS, U/S) in patients with frozen shoulder on subjective pain scale and ROM. 26 patients diagnosed with frozen shoulder were included for study. Among them, 13 patients(experiment group) were managed by mobilization as well as conservative physical therapy, another 13 patients(control group) were only treated by conservative physical therapy alone. All the patients were treated three times a week for 4 weeks, and after each treatment subjective pain scale and ROM were measured. In experimental group, pain has decreased and ROM has increased in abduction, external rotation and internal rotation. In control group, pain has also decreased but ROM has not changed in abduction, external rotation and internal rotation. There were no significant difference in subjective pain scale between two groups but some difference in ROM (external rotation, internal rotation). According to the results, we concluded that both conservative physical therapy and joint mobilization technique are more effective for increasing ROM especially external rotation, internal rotation than conservative physical therapy alone.


Frozen Shoulder;Range of Motion(ROM);Mobilization


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