Frozen shoulder is a common and often misdiagnosed condition. In this article, we are going to discuss the screening process for identifying frozen shoulder.
Lying on one’s back on either floor or bed, slide arms to the side until perpendicular to the body (T position). With the palms facing the ceiling, bend at the elbows to form a 90-degree angle. Knuckles should touch the surface in which the person is lying or should be impaired in similar fashion bilaterally, but by no greater than three to four inches from touching the surface
Standing, one should be able to reach behind them and place their thumb on the spine midway between the bottom of the shoulder blades and the waistline.
If the parameters of these two tests are not met or have changed in recent weeks, further evaluation by one’s physician is warranted. The inability to perform these tests may also be indicative of rotator cuff pathology. Again, early detection and prompt initiation of a mobility and strengthening program will commonly resolve all symptoms in a matter of weeks.
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