Comparison of the Effectiveness of Trapezius Strengthening Exercise Vs Conventional Physiotherapy on Pain in Patients with Rounded Shoulder
Keywords:Stretching, Trapezius, Strengthening exercise, Pectoralis minor, Rounded shoulder pain, IFT.
Background: Rounded shoulders are a fairly common issue that affects both young and old people. One of the
most prevalent musculoskeletal irregularities of the shoulder complex that causes discomfort in the shoulder joint
is rounded shoulders. Trapezius muscle plays an important role in scapula movement, while the lower trapezius
is especially crucial for stabilizing this scapula.
Purpose: To evaluate effectiveness of trapezius strengthening exercise vs conventional therapy on pain in patients
with rounded shoulders.
Materials and Methods: 40 subjects were selected from RENU’S Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Centre.The study
duration was from October 2022 to July 2023 with procedures and evaluation that lasted 2 weeks. The subjects
were workers and college students who use smartphones, computers, or laptops during work and leisure time.
A simple test was used to check the rounded shoulder posture of these 40 subjects to find the rounded shoulder
pain.40 individuals were chosen for the Test-Wall Contact.Further, they were divided into two groups of 20 each
according to inclusion and exclusion criteria. They were informed about the procedure, and an informed consent
form was obtained.
Results: Post-test of NPRS scale in trapezius strengthening group mean was 4.35 and post-test mean of combination
group with IFT was 2.25 .
Conclusion: Combination of stretching and strengthening with interferential therapy is much more effective and
useful for treating complaints of rounded shoulder pain and rounded shoulder posture.
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