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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 159-163

Case study: Rehabilitation of a painful shoulder – A perspective biomechanical approach

1 Department of Sports Sciences, JSS College of Physiotherapy, Mysore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy, Brainware School of Medical and Allied Health Sciences, Brainware University, Barasat, West Bengal, India
3 Department of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy, JSS College of Physiotherapy, Mysore, Karnataka, India

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Dr. V Vijay Samuel Raj
Department of Sport Science, JSS College of Physiotherapy, Mg Road, Mysore - 570 004, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijptr.ijptr_43_22

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The deltoid muscle is often forgotten when it comes to the evaluation and planning of treatment in shoulder conditions. Shoulder dysfunction, rotator cuff tendinopathy, and frozen shoulder are the conditions that affect functioning in major cases. The study involved an exploration of possible causes of dysfunction, especially pain and overhead activities. The patient presented with chronic pain and decreased shoulder function. A suitable shoulder rehabilitation program was designed keeping the deltoid muscle denervation into consideration. The shoulder pain, range of motion, strength, and function were evaluated at the baseline and the end of 6 weeks. The results were correlated and explored to identify the involvement of the deltoid muscle. The study showed a positive test of deltoid muscle involvement, which was identified through the strength-duration curve. There was a clinically significant improvement observed in the patients' function. Hence, the study hypothesized that along with scapular stabilization, it is important to consider deltoid equally during the assessment and treatment plan in shoulder rehabilitation program.

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