Ep 71 – Frozen Shoulder and the Super Drug: “I Have a Client Who …” Pathology Conversations with Ruth Werner

Mature woman holding a painful shoulder that is glowing red

A client has frozen shoulder: a painful, limiting condition, and she is prescribed a powerful drug (methylprednisolone) to help manage it. When it is appropriate for massage to enter this situation?

Resources:

Buchbinder, R. et al. “Short Course Prednisolone for Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder or Stiff Painful Shoulder): A Randomised, Double Blind, Placebo Controlled Trial.” Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 63, no. 11. https://ard.bmj.com/content/63/11/1460.

Guler-Uysal F. and E. Kozanoglu. “Comparison of the Early Response to Two Methods of Rehabilitation in Adhesive Capsulitis.” Swiss Medical Weekly 134, no. 23–24 (2004): 353–58. www.smw.ch/docs/pdf200x/2004/23/smw-10630.pdf.

Jewell DV, DL Riddle and LR Thacker. “Interventions Associated with an Increased or Decreased Likelihood of Pain Reduction and Improved Function in Patients with Adhesive Capsulitis: a Retrospective Cohort Study.” Physical Therapy 89, no. 5 (2009): 419–29. https://academic.oup.com/ptj/article/89/5/419/2737582?searchresult=1.

Roberts, Jefferson R. “What is the Role of Oral Corticoids in the Treatment of Frozen Shoulder Syndrome (FSS) (Adhesive Capsulitis)?” Medscape. Last modified November 12, 2020. www.medscape.com/answers/1261598-39066/what-is-the-role-of-oral-corticoids-in-the-treatment-of-frozen-shoulder-syndrome-fss-adhesive-capsulitis.

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Ruth Werner, author of A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology
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Author Bio: 

Ruth Werner is a former massage therapist, a writer, and an NCBTMB-approved continuing education provider. She wrote A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology, now in its seventh edition, which is used in massage schools worldwide. Werner is also a long-time Massage & Bodywork columnist, most notably of the Pathology Perspectives column. Werner is also ABMP's partner on Pocket Pathology, a web-based app and quick reference program that puts key information for nearly 200 common pathologies at your fingertips. Werner’s books are available at www.booksofdiscovery.com. And more information about her is available at www.ruthwerner.com

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