Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)

By Andrew Heideman PT/ATC

Frozen Shoulder

3D illustration, shoulder painful

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. Frozen shoulder is most common in people between the ages of 40 and 60, but can afflict anyone regardless of gender, arm preference or occupation.  In some cases there is no injury or mechanism of injury.  The patient just describes that their shoulder became stiff and painful.

JOI has orthopedic shoulder specialist 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 patients 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.

If you want to schedule an appointment with a JOI shoulder physician, call JOI-2000.  If you want to learn more about frozen shoulders, go to


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