Physical Therapy for Frozen Shoulder

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
Frozen Shoulder+1 MorePhysical Therapy - Other
All Sexes
What conditions do you have?

Study Summary

This trial is testing whether physical therapy in addition to steroid injections is better than just steroid injections for treating adhesive capsulitis (aka frozen shoulder). They think there might not be a difference in outcome and that the extra physical therapy will add extra financial burden with no benefits.

Eligible Conditions
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Adhesive Capsulitis

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Progress

3 of 3
This is further along than 93% of similar trials

Study Objectives

1 Primary · 2 Secondary · Reporting Duration: November 2014 to November 2023

November 2014 to November 2023
Functional outcome based on the Constant shoulder score sheet
Functional outcome based on the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH) score sheet

Trial Safety

Safety Progress

3 of 3
This is further along than 85% of similar trials

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

Watchful Waiting with Steroid Injection
1 of 2
Physical Therapy with Steroid Injection
1 of 2

Experimental Treatment

260 Total Participants · 2 Treatment Groups

Primary Treatment: Physical Therapy · No Placebo Group · Phase 4

Watchful Waiting with Steroid Injection
Experimental Group · 1 Intervention: Depot Methylprednisolone · Intervention Types: Drug
Physical Therapy with Steroid InjectionExperimental Group · 2 Interventions: Physical Therapy, Depot Methylprednisolone · Intervention Types: Other, Drug

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: november 2014 to november 2023

Who is running the clinical trial?

Massachusetts General HospitalLead Sponsor
2,699 Previous Clinical Trials
30,842,872 Total Patients Enrolled
Scott D Martin, MDPrincipal Investigator - Massachusetts General Hospital
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Medical School - Northwestern University
Harvard University, Residency in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
2 Previous Clinical Trials
390 Total Patients Enrolled

Eligibility Criteria

Age 18+ · All Participants · 3 Total Inclusion Criteria

Mark “Yes” if the following statements are true for you:
An inflammatory process around the shoulder can cause pain and limited range of motion, leading to adhesive capsulitis, also called frozen shoulder.
The patient must be at least 18 years old.
Eligible for the study must be adults who are able to be randomized into one of two cohorts The study's participants must be adults who can be randomly divided into two groups.