Continuing our compilation of treatment results for different injuries, today we publish our results for patients with shoulder injuries. Briefly, in 36 shoulder injury cases that we tracked, we were able to reduce the pain levels in these patients by 85% with an average treatment plan of 15 sessions or approximately 2 weeks only. These include 28 cases categorised as chronic shoulder injuries, i.e. patients who have had the problem for longer than 1 month. These results also include 13 frozen shoulder cases, one of the commonest but most serious issues that affect shoulder cases.

In a survey of the 36 shoulder injury patients treated at YAPCHANKOR, we recorded the pain levels of patients at the beginning, mid points and end of their treatment. The pain levels were measured using a Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) from a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being no pain, and 10 being unbearable, excruciating pain. On average, our 36 patients reported an 85% improvement in their pain, with a beginning pain level of around 4.8, which is pain that is described as nagging/miserable, and ended up with a pain level of around 0.7 at the last session, which is almost no pain. Impressively these results were achieved in only 15 sessions on average or 2 weeks of treatment, even for chronic cases that have lasted for months.

The 36 shoulder injury treatment results break down further this way – 28 patients classified as chronic, 5 as sub-acute and 3 as acute cases. Conditions treated included 13 frozen shoulder cases, rotator cuff injuries, osteophytes, stiff neck and shoulders, supraspinatus tendinitis, labrum tears and trapezitis.

These results were collated by our physiotherapists in their patient histories and evaluation forms, where they obtain patient medical information and keep track of their progress during treatment. These results were not selectively sampled to show only good results, as they cover every back pain patient we had full records for during the period of investigation. These back pain treatment results were obtained from all our centres in operation – Ampang, Kota Damansara, Old Klang Road, Shah Alam and Subang Jaya. The senior physiotherapist responsible for grouping these results is Vaharli Hassan.

SHOULDER PAIN ROM & MMT IMPROVEMENTS CHART YCK 122016

Range of motion and muscle strength improvements are significant after treatment for shoulder injury patients at YAPCHANKOR

 

This second chart shows another aspect of the recovery in our shoulder injury treatment results. There is a significant improvement in both range of motion and muscle strength recorded in our 36 patients. In the beginning, patients report limited range of motion that is about 68% of their normal movements. At the end of the treatment, this improvement is near 91%. Muscle strength is usually measured using resistance at several levels –  gravity, own body weight, active resistance from the therapist. We produce results that are clearly significant – 29% improvements from beginning to end of treatment, starting around 65% of normal strength and improving to 84%.

Our goal in recording these results in a more scientific manner is in line with our mission to change how chronic pain is treated worldwide. We are on a quest to accumulate empirical evidence showing the efficacy of our treatment, in comparison to existing treatment methods in conventional and alternative medicine today, which are mostly able to effect a temporary relief to chronic pain problems. During the next few weeks, we will continue to post our treatment results for other areas of pain such as neck, shoulder, elbow, and ankle pain.

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