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Frozen Shoulder/Adhesive Capulitis

FROZEN SHOULDER or ADHESIVE CAPSULITIS


What is it?

Stiffness and pain in the shoulder with a decreased range of motion. Frozen shoulder results from inflammation and tightening of the capsule around the shoulder joint. Usually starts off mild and progresses and can get very painful.


There are 3 stages of a frozen shoulder:

  1. The Freezing Stage: The onset when your shoulder movement starts to become limited and painful (this can last anywhere from 2 to 9 months).

  2. The Frozen Stage: Your pain could decrease but the movement will be more difficult. (this can last 4 to 12 months).

  3. Thawing Stage: This is the best stage because your shoulder begins to have mobility. (this stage can last 5 to 24 months)


Causes can be:

Diabetes, Thyroid problems, Immobility due to many factors, Systemic Diseases, Hormone Fluctuation.


Treatment:

Class IV laser therapy along with mobilization and soft tissue work. Specific exercises and implemented according to ongoing assessments of range of motion and pain. Nutritional counseling.



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