Does muscle guarding play a role in range of motion loss in patients with frozen shoulder?

Does muscle guarding play a role in range of motion loss in patients with frozen shoulder?

Presented by Professor Karen Ginn, a physiotherapist and a musculoskeletal anatomist at the University of Sydney.

The Webinar

Idiopathic frozen shoulder is a common cause of severe and prolonged disability characterised by spontaneous onset of pain with progressive shoulder movement restriction. Although spontaneous recovery can be expected the average length of symptoms is 30 months. Chronic inflammation and various patterns of fibrosis and contracture of capsuloligamentous structures around the glenohumeral joint are considered to be responsible for the signs and symptoms associated with frozen shoulder, however, the pathoanatomy of this debilitating condition is not fully understood.

This webinar will discuss research findings on the feasibility of a muscle guarding component to movement restriction in patients with idiopathic frozen shoulder.

Professor Karen Gunn


Professor Karen Ginn is a musculoskeletal anatomist in the Discipline of Anatomy & Histology, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney. She teaches functional, applied anatomy to various health professional groups and is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in part-time private practice. She is involved in research related to the assessment and treatment of shoulder dysfunction including evaluating the validity and reliability of components of the physical examination of the shoulder. She has approximately 50 publications in such journals as Journal of Orthopaedic Research, Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, Physical Therapy, Journal of Physiotherapy, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology and Clinical Anatomy. She is regularly invited to present at conferences both nationally and internationally and is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Tasmania. She is currently a member of the Board of the International Congress of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists.

Research paper behind this webinar: Hollmann, L., Halaki, M., Kamper, S., Haber, M., Ginn, K. (2018). Does muscle guarding play a role in range of motion loss in patients with frozen shoulder? Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, 37, 64-68.


This webinar was presented on Monday, February 11th, 2019 at 8 PM NZDT


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