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Chronic Shoulder Pain Treated by Pressures With the Thumbs on the Trigger Points

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Guy Hains Chiropractor Identifier:
First received: May 15, 2008
Last updated: May 16, 2008
Last verified: May 2008
The purpose of this study is to find the efficacy of treating the trigger points located around the shoulder in patients suffering from chronic shoulder pain.

Condition Intervention Phase
Shoulder Pain Procedure: ischemic compression Phase 1 Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Chronic Shoulder Pain of Myofascial Origin,a Randomised Clinical Trial Using Ischemic Compression Therapy.

Further study details as provided by Guy Hains Chiropractor:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Shoulder Pain and Disability Index questionnaire [ Time Frame: At baseline, after 15 treatments ,30 days aftr the treatments and 6 months later ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Pain visual analog scale [ Time Frame: After 15 treatments, 30 days after the treatments and 6 months later. ]

Enrollment: 59
Study Start Date: September 2003
Study Completion Date: December 2006
Primary Completion Date: December 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: A
Ischemic compression on trigger points located around the shoulder. Active comparator. Ischemic compression, 5 weeks
Procedure: ischemic compression
Active Comparator, ischemic compression, 3 times a week,5 weeks

Detailed Description:

Chronic shoulder pain is a common condition which should be treated by surgery only wen conservative approaches have been tried. in the present trial the authors intend to find the effectiveness of treating the triggers points located in muscles, ligaments and tendons surrounding the shoulderin patients suffering from chronic shoulder pain.

The technique used in this trial is ischemic compression(thumb tip pressure) on the trigger points


Ages Eligible for Study:   30 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 30 to 60 years old.
  • To have suffered from shoulder pain on a daly basis for at least 3 months
  • Participants had to be able to raise the arm above ther head.
  • They had accept to receive 15 chiropractic treatments without charge.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Past surgery to the arm.
  • Injection to the shoulder in the month preceding the trial.
  • A diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis or any other systemic disorders affecting the joints.
  • Shoulder pain from an herniated disc.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00679887

Canada, Quebec
2930 Cote Richelieu
Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada, G8Z3Y8
Sponsors and Collaborators
Guy Hains Chiropractor
Principal Investigator: Guy Hains, DC UQTR
Study Chair: Martin Descarreaux, DC, PHD UQTR
  More Information

Responsible Party: Guy Hains chiropractor, UQTR Identifier: NCT00679887     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CER-05-102-07.05
Study First Received: May 15, 2008
Last Updated: May 16, 2008

Keywords provided by Guy Hains Chiropractor:
myofascial trigger points
ischemic compression
shoulder pain

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Shoulder Pain
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on July 19, 2017