Musculoskeletal Medicine and PainCASE REPORT

Restoration of Full Shoulder Range of Motion After Application of the Fascial Distortion Model

Joshua D. Boucher, DO, and Jose Figueroa, DO
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Received: September 20, 2016

Accepted: October 12, 2016

Published: March 5, 2018

J Osteopath Med; 118(5): 341-344

Decreased active and passive range of motion (ROM) accompanied by pain in the shoulder is a common presentation for patients with frozen shoulder, and it can be difficult to restore normal function. Through the fascial distortion model, physicians can apply a manual technique to rapidly and effectively increase ROM and decrease pain. A 28-year-old man presented 18 months after sustaining a shoulder hyperextension injury. On active and passive ROM examination, he had approximately 90° of shoulder abduction and moderately reduced internal rotation associated with 8/10 pain. After 2 applications of the fascial distortion model, his shoulder restored to full abduction and internal rotation with no pain.

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