July 10, 2020

Shoulder pain is one of the most common type of pain reported in the United States. Discomfort in this area often becomes more prevalent with age and can require some form of treatment to alleviate the pain. Roughly 60% of people will experience shoulder pain whether it be from a rotator cuff injury, frozen shoulder, shoulder bursitis, muscle tears, osteoarthritis, or strained muscles in the shoulder region.

Clinical Research of West Florida has conducted a variety of shoulder pain studies and has a new study coming July 2020 for patients suffering from adhesive capsulitis, also known as frozen shoulder.

Commonly found in diabetics, frozen shoulder occurs when someone has kept their arm immobilized for an extended period causing for severe stiffness and pain. Dr. Lunseth, CRWF’s Tampa Medical Director, noted the most common complaint from patients is that they are woken up in the middle of the night with shoulder pain and the inability to lay on the affected side to sleep. Treatment options can range from stretching, chiropractor adjustments, injections, oral medications or even surgery to help loosen the joint capsule.

CRWF is looking for volunteers with frozen shoulder who are currently experiencing pain and restricted movement. This study will be enrolling volunteers at our Clearwater and Tampa sites. The study will include a study-related medication. along with several physical therapy sessions at Optimal Performance and Physician Therapies located in Clearwater and Tampa. Click here to sign up today! 

Clearwater patients will be attending sessions at OPPT’s Bayside location and working with therapists, Jan Schorpion and Jessica Kras.  Jan holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Miami, FL, is a Board Certified Sports Physical Therapist through the ABTPS, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Jessica holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She graduated from Augustana College in IL with a bachelor’s degree in Biology.

Tampa patients will be attending sessions at OPPT’s Hyde Park location and working with therapists, Joseph Batherson and Rachel Iaquaniello. Rachel graduated from Grand Valley State University, where she obtained her degree as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at Eastern Michigan University. Joe graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. He continued his education at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences where he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

If you or someone you know would like to participate in CRWF’s frozen shoulder research program, please call our Clearwater or Tampa site. You can also click here to be redirected to the study page.

Click here to sign up today! 


Tags: Shoulder Pain, Frozen Shoulder, Adhesive Capsulitis, Physical Therapy


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