New Pulley System Aids Shoulder Rehab
|BONNEY LAKE, WA — Davidson Therapy Products LLC has released a tool to improve patient comfort during rehabilitation from shoulder surgeries and frozen shoulders.The SLINGPROM™ is a patented shoulder pulley system that provides a more comfortable way to perform passive range of motion (PROM) shoulder exercises and joint mobilizations that can’t be performed with a traditional shoulder pulley.
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, close to 2 million people in the United States went to their doctors because of a rotator cuff problem in 2008. Up to 50% of this population will require surgical intervention to restore function to their shoulders.
In addition, it’s estimated that 3 to 5 percent of the U.S. population suffers from adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) annually.
“I’ve been practicing outpatient orthopedics for over 12 years, and getting a patient to relax their painful shoulder during a physical therapy treatment can be very challenging,” said Rich Klein, a physical therapist in New York. “The SLINGPROM is a great device to achieve optimal patient relaxation, in order to maximize ROM improvements. It is very effective for postoperative treatment after rotator cuff repairs, as well as non-operative conditions such as adhesive capsulitis.”
“My 82-year-old patient sustained a right humerus fracture in October 2011 with very limited PROM using regular shoulder pulleys,” said Dominique Kohlenberger, MSPT. “When I received the SLINGPROM device I used it on her and she was able to increase her PROM immediately by 10 degrees in flexion and scaption because she did not experience any muscle pain while performing the exercise. With the SLINGPROM the rotator cuff musculature action was completely inhibited and the glenohumeral joint was able to move freely throughout its range.”