Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis

By Andrew Heideman, PT/ATC

Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis

By: Andrew Heideman, PT/ATC

Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis is a condition where there is a loss of motion or stiffness in the shoulder, usually accompanied by pain in the joint. Adhesive Capsulitis is most common in people between the ages of 40 and 60, but can afflict anyone regardless of gender, arm preference, or occupation. Also, in some cases, there is no injury or mechanism of injury. The patient just describes that their shoulder became stiff and painful.

A frozen shoulder can be treated by an orthopedic specialist.

Adhesive Capsulitis

JOI has orthopedic shoulder specialists who can help diagnose and treat a frozen shoulder.  Usually, the conservative treatment plan is to start physical therapy to decrease the pain and improve the patient’s range of motion. If this does not solve the problem, the physician may choose to do a manipulation of the shoulder with surgery. This procedure’s goal is to break up the adhesions which have developed in the shoulder.  The lysis of adhesions in surgery is sometimes the best option if you are not progressing in physical therapy.

If you want to learn more about frozen shoulders, please read this frozen shoulder article.

Frozen Shoulder Physical Therapy

Whether you are suffering from shoulder issues, joint pain, or injuries resulting from any type of activity.  Conservative physical therapy can really help with a frozen shoulder.  JOI Rehab Physical Therapists work directly with our orthopedic physicians to develop the best treatment options for all of the shoulder injuries.  Specifically for frozen shoulder, we work to get your range of motion back to normal.  Here are a few of the exercises for adhesive capsulitis:

shoulder stretch doorway

shoulder stretch doorway for your pect muscles

Sleeper Stretch

JOI Sleeper Stretch

Shoulder ROM Exercises

JOI Rehab Shoulder ROM Exercises

To read other articles about the shoulder, please read Shoulder Pain Can’t Wait, 5 Shoulder Symptoms You Should Not Ignore, 5 Best Rotator Cuff Exercises, Types of Shoulder Surgery, Rotator Cuff Repair, and Rotator Cuff Tears.

To schedule an appointment with a physical therapist, please call 904-858-7045, schedule online, or click below.

  • Finally, to schedule a new patient or follow-up patient appointment with your MD, please call (904)JOI-2000.

JOI Fracture and Injury Care

JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000. Furthermore, this is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room. (if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury)

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