CLINICAL FEATURES: The patient was a 55-year-old school teacher who was referred to physical therapy for adhesive capsulitis. It was determined that part of the patient's limited shoulder range of motion was due to her significant kyphoscoliosis posture, which resulted in decreased mobility of her thoracic spine.
INTERVENTION AND OUTCOME: The patient was treated with an ATM device as a means to help mobilize her thoracic spine. The patient completed several weeks of therapy, which consisted of using the ATM exclusively. The patient gained near-normal range of motion in both arms and had improvement in her kyphoscoliosis posture.
CONCLUSION: A nonsurgical treatment was a useful intervention for some of the physical and psychosocial aspects that this patient with kyphoscoliosis encountered.
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