Dallas Doctor Develops Promising Procedure for "Frozen Shoulder Syndrome"

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Murphy Quick Release Procedure Resolves Pervasive Problem Plaguing Millions Over 40

When I saw the graphic, the proverbial light bulb just went on. In that instant, the structural abnormality made perfect sense. It all correlated to a Frozen Shoulder Syndrome.

In June 2006, a Dallas woman with classic signs and symptoms of Frozen Shoulder Syndrome visited Dr. Francis X. Murphy, who founded Whole Health Partners of Dallas Texas in 1995. Whole Health Partners is a highly organized, bustling practice that attracts people with chronic and acute soft-tissue issues as well as spinal and joint problems. Two independent medical opinions confirmed the woman's diagnosis was Frozen Shoulder Syndrome, and despite painful physical therapy and a steroid injection, the problem persisted.

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Frozen Shoulder Syndrome, or adhesive capsulitis, is a disorder in which the shoulder capsule--the connective tissue surrounding the glenohumeral joint of the shoulder--becomes inflamed and stiff. Movement of the shoulder is severely restricted, and the condition is frequently caused by injury that leads to lack of use due to pain. Rheumatic disease progression and recent shoulder surgery can also cause Frozen Shoulder Syndrome. Intermittent periods of use may cause inflammation.

Abnormal bands of tissue (adhesions) grow between the joint surfaces, restricting motion. There is also a lack of synovial fluid, which normally helps the shoulder joint move by lubricating the gap between the humerus (upper arm bone) and the socket in the scapula (shoulder blade). It is this restricted space between the capsule and ball of the humerus that distinguishes adhesive capsulitis from a less complicated, painful, stiff shoulder. People with diabetes, stroke, lung disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and heart disease, or who have been in an accident, are at a higher risk for Frozen Shoulder Syndrome. Frozen Shoulder Syndrome has been indicated as a possible adverse effect of some forms of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). The condition typically appears in people more than 40 years old.

After a complete examination, the cause of the patient's Frozen Shoulder Syndrome was undetermined. While many theories exist, none fit her case. Since the condition was first described in medical literature in the mid-nineteenth century, the cause of Frozen Shoulder Syndrome has been classified as idiopathic, or unknown. Relying on years of experience in chiropractic care and treatment of soft tissue disorders, Dr. Murphy began to formulate a working theory regarding possible causes of Frozen Shoulder Syndrome along with treatments to alleviate his patient's Frozen Shoulder Syndrome.

Whole Health Partners (WHP) specializes in a highly technical soft tissue technique known as Active Release Technique (ART). ART specialists are highly trained in anatomy and nerve innervations. Thousands of people worldwide seek ART specialists to solve their biomechanical disabilities, which is how this patient found Dr. Murphy.

Initially the ART yielded little in directly affecting the Frozen Shoulder Syndrome. However some of the ART protocols offered his patient some relief from the many other overworked muscles resulting from the Frozen Shoulder Syndrome. This type of palliative care was provided as needed. At some point along the many paths this patient sought she decided she wanted to try surgery. Dr. Murphy referred his patient to a highly competent surgeon and well-known doctor in the Dallas community.

Surgery was scheduled. Dr. Murphy saw his patient one last time for routine ancillary care. During this visit however, he noticed a peculiarity in a passive biomechanical test. He decided to consult a 2002 study he had recently read and a graphic from an unrelated Web site.

According to Dr. Murphy, "When I saw the graphic, the proverbial light bulb just went on. In that instant, the structural abnormality made perfect sense. It all correlated to a Frozen Shoulder Syndrome." The structural abnormality now needed a strategy for correction.

Dr. Murphy responded by developing a poly-vectored procedure called the Murphy Quick Release, or MQR. The patient responded to the procedure with an instant resolution to her Frozen Shoulder Syndrome. The procedure has since been utilized on the first dozen patients with a 100% success rate. Each patient responded to the MQR with instant resolution to the limiting restricted movement of the Frozen Shoulder Syndrome. While the MQR procedure has yielded instant resolution for these patients, Dr. Murphy continues to accumulate and analyze data relating to the causes of Frozen Shoulder Syndrome.

Dr. Murphy has also developed a series of exercises and stretches that are designed to keep Frozen Shoulder Syndrome from returning. The MQR requires a highly specialized skill set, and can only be performed after the proper soft tissue preparation has been applied. Currently no other doctors have been licensed or trained to perform the MQR procedure. Frozen Shoulder Syndrome sufferers or those with friends or family who have the condition can find more information and contact Dr. Murphy by visiting http://www.frozenshoulderdoctor.com and selecting Frozen Shoulder.

Dr. Francis X. Murphy
Whole Health Partners
Phone 214.368.3030


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