Living with a frozen shoulder – a phenomenological inquiry

Review written by Jared Powell info

Key Points

  1. Pain is the primary complaint for individuals with frozen shoulder.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Frozen shoulder remains a vexing condition for clinicians to diagnose and treat. Crucial to helping us (clinicians) improve our diagnostic skills and treatment recommendations is the patient’s perspective.

In musculoskeletal health care we tend to neglect the lived experience of the patient and focus on our fancy clinical trials and systematic reviews. Qualitative research is a vital cog in the research machine, and when it comes to frozen shoulder, published qualitative studies are as rare as hens’ teeth.

This study set out to explore the physical, emotional, and socioeconomic impact of living with a frozen shoulder.

Frozen shoulder remains a vexing condition for clinicians to diagnose and treat.
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Although pain is the primary complaint in frozen shoulder, the negative sequalae of frozen shoulder often goes beyond physical pain.

METHODS

  • A qualitative study using a phenomenological approach was used (this approach to qualitative research is used to capture an individual’s lived experience - it seeks to understand the participants conscious experience, their judgements, perceptions, and emotions).
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