Frozen shoulder is a somewhat common condition that causes stiffness, pain, and decreased mobility in the shoulder joint. It’s important to address the symptoms of frozen shoulder quickly when they appear to avoid any serious complications in the future. In this physical therapy education article, we are focusing on frozen shoulder. We’ll offer a few tips and tricks for recognizing and treating the condition.
Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder
Frozen shoulder can be caused by a variety of factors – from acute injury, to degenerative conditions. Here are some of the common symptoms that may indicate a diagnosis of frozen shoulder:
- Pain in the shoulder
- Stiffness in the shoulder
- Decreased range-of-motion in the shoulder
Treating Frozen Shoulder with Physical Therapy
Before you think about treatment options for frozen shoulder, you need to confirm that you have the condition and not something else with similar symptoms. A diagnosis can be reached by way of a physical examination, as well as other diagnostic tests. Once you have a diagnosis, your physical therapist can work with you to develop a rehabilitation strategy involving exercises and stretches that will improve your shoulder range-of-motion. Physical therapists are trained in the musculoskeletal system and its inner workings. As such, they are ideally suited to treat patients suffering from frozen shoulder.
Shoulder Therapy in Minnesota
If your shoulder is in pain or you’re experiencing decreased mobility, working with a physical therapist can effectively increase your range-of-motion and reduce your pain. At OrthoRehab Specialists, our therapists have referral relationships with more than 600 local providers. We also offer direct access to physical therapy for those who do not have referrals. Give us a call today to set up an appointment at our Minneapolis or Edina clinics to get started with one of our physical therapists.