Formal treatment of frozen shoulder has varied widely, from nothing to manipulative intervention. The latter, which involves placing the patient under anesthesia and forcefully breaking loose the adhesions, would present to be the most feasible route for the severely impaired. The aggressiveness
From a Physical Therapy Perspective
From a physical therapy perspective, treatment includes range of motion patterns in conjunction with stretching and mobilization where scar tissue is lengthened at a pace that is fairy tolerable to the patient. Diligence with one’s home exercise program is crucial in regard to resolving the problem. There may be some level of dysfunction for a period of time similar to length of known impairment. A general goal with rehabilitation is to restore at least 75% of normal mobility. From that point, the motivated patient should be able to resolve the balance of symptoms.
Though tissue change in the joint is the identifying factor, attaining such as a diagnostic test from those potentially predisposed is impractical. Thus, early symptomatic detection becomes the key element and two simple tests can be periodically implemented into one’s early morning routine. These need only be done 1-2 times a month, and take but a few seconds.
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