With a name like “frozen shoulder” some Minnesota patients may assume the condition is caused by too much outdoor activity during our cold winter months. But frozen shoulder doesn’t actually have to do with temperature at all. Frozen in this sense refers to immobility of the shoulder. This article is all about frozen shoulder – its causes, symptoms, and treatment options (with a particular emphasis on physical therapy).
Frozen shoulder (also referred to as “adhesive capsulitis” in the medical world) is a relatively common condition in which the patient experiences pain and stiffness in the shoulder. The condition occurs when the shoulder capsule containing the bones, ligaments, and tendons of the shoulder tightens and restricts movement in the area.
Post-surgical patients who have just undergone a procedure that restricts shoulder movement are especially susceptible to frozen shoulder. This makes it doubly important to work with a physical therapist both before and after your procedure. Patients who have diabetes are also at an increased risk of frozen shoulder.
Here are some of the common symptoms that may indicate a diagnosis of frozen shoulder:
- Pain in the shoulder
- Stiffness or loss of range-of-motion in the shoulder
These symptoms typically begin very mild, and gradually get worse over time. Treating frozen shoulder can include physical therapy, injections, pain medications, and surgery (used only in rare cases). The most common and effective treatment method is a strong physical therapy routine.
Edina Shoulder Physical Therapists
At OrthoRehab Specialists, we are dedicated to helping people reduce their pain, and increase their range-of-motion, as well as their overall quality of life through physical therapy. Our twin cities shoulder rehabilitation specialists have been treating patients with frozen shoulder for over twenty-five years. We offer direct access to physical therapy – which means you can make an appointment with us without a prescription from your physician. Set up your appointment with one of our physical therapists at our Edina or Minneapolis clinics today!