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Relieve Your Frozen Shoulder Pain with Physical Therapy A frozen shoulder is not easily shrugged off. Frozen shoulder is characterized by pain and loss of motion of the shoulder joint and affects between two and five pe...
A frozen shoulder is not easily shrugged off. Frozen shoulder is characterized by pain and loss of motion of the shoulder joint and affects between two and five percent of people in their lifetime.
The exact cause is unknown, but research shows that the process begins with the inflammation of the joint lining within the shoulder. As time goes on, this area thickens and the shoulder becomes more painful and stiff. When the shoulder joint stiffens, range of motion is lost. Frozen shoulder often affects sleep and common daily activities.
Physical therapy for frozen shoulder involves stretching the joint while in a controlled environment. Working with a physical therapist will help to break up any scar tissue that has formed and reduce stiffness from immobility. With an exercise program designed for you by your physical therapist, the frozen shoulder may begin to “melt” and your original strength may return. Shoulder exercises will help to loosen up the tightened muscles to get your shoulder moving again.
A frozen shoulder progresses through three different stages:
If you are suffering from a frozen shoulder, schedule an appointment today with one of our experienced physical therapists to find relief.