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Background: Shoulder pain is a frequent complaint among the elderly population, numerous etiologies cause shoulder joint pain such as osteoarthritis, adhesive capsulitis, and rotator cuff disease (impingement, tendonitis, and cuff tear). A conservative treatment for shoulder pathology is Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization (ASTM) that uses specifically designed sold instruments to perform manual therapy. Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (SASTM®) is a technique which uses ceramic polymer tools with resonating capability. Limited evidence exists to support the use of SASTM® as a manual therapy treatment. Purpose: The purpose of this case report is to illustrate the physical therapy management of shoulder pain in an elderly male by describing intervention techniques, such as SASTM®, joint mobilization, and therapeutic exercise, using the patient/client management model.

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Physical Therapy

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization and Conservative Management Of Shoulder Pain In An Elderly Male: A Case Report



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