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Wednesday, July 01, 2009 - NBMC Physical Therapist Develops New Treatment for Frozen Shoulder

Deerfield Beach, FL - Broward Health North Broward Medical Center physical therapist Orlando Ruiz was recently invited to present a new technique he developed for treating frozen shoulder at the American Physical Therapy Association annual convention.

“After seeing so many patients affected by frozen shoulder, I am thrilled to have found a way to alleviate the problem and help patients return to their normal activities,” said Orlando. “I was honored to share this technique with fellow members of the APTA.”

Frozen shoulder affects about two percent of the general population and results in pain and loss of motion or stiffness in the shoulder. Orlando’s treatment involves the use of a positional stretching technique on the coracohumeral (CHL) ligament, a broad ligament which strengthens the upper part of the capsule of the shoulder joint. This ligament is thought to be a major contributor to the lack of external rotation in patients diagnosed with frozen shoulder.

Orlando developed the technique as part of his doctoral program last year.  After seeing positive results from a case study, he submitted the report to the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy and was accepted for publication in March 2009.

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