Condition of the Month

Adhesive Capsulitis

Adhesive Capsulitis, more commonly known as frozen shoulder, is a condition characterized by loss of motion in the shoulder due to scar tissue. Causes for frozen shoulder are unknown but some theorize that it is caused by inflammation of the joint lining. Frozen shoulder is often linked to pain in the shoulder or extended immobilization. However, in some cases there is no apparent cause.

Physical Therapy is one of the primary medical interventions to heal frozen shoulder. Physical Therapy goals will be to return normal joint mechanics and increase range of motion to your normal levels. This is typically achieved through techniques such as massage to relax stiff muscles, joint mobilizations, and passive stretching. As your range of motion improves, treatment can be shifted to address any issues which may have caused the frozen shoulder initially. Some examples of contributing factors may be poor postural body mechanics, rotator cuff tears or weakness, or poor scapular stability. With your range of motion restored and contributing factors resolved, you can resume normal daily activity without fear of shoulder injury!

If you have any further questions, please contact us where you can speak with one of our Physical Therapists about this condition and how physical therapy can help you!

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