June’s Condition of the Month:

Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)

  • Do you have shoulder pain that will not go away?
  • Is the pain achy throughout the day but sharp with movement?
  • Are you unable to lay on your side because of your shoulder pain?
  • Do you have pain that limits the range of motion or fluidity with movement?
  • Is it difficult to perform overhead tasks?

Frozen Shoulder occurs when the shoulder becomes inflamed and there is a lack of lubrication in the joint.  This causes the shoulder capsule to thicken and tighten due to adhesions that form inside the joint capsule.  Symptoms come on slowly and usually last anywhere from 1-3 years.

There are 3 stages for frozen shoulder:

  1. Constant achy pain in the shoulder while at rest and sharp pain with use
  2. “Babying” of the arm and shoulder thus causing stiffness
  3. Pain gradually increases, affecting anything from the ability to concentrate to being able to sleep at night

The cause of Frozen Shoulder is unknown; however, injury, immobilization of the joint, and certain systemic conditions can increase the risk.

If you are experiencing pains in your shoulder similar to those listed above, don’t hesitate to come in.  ABW therapists are trained in orthopedic and manual muscle testing. We can help determine if your shoulder pain is related to joint dysfunction, trigger points in muscles, a pinched nerve, or even hips out of alignment. We can guide you through recovery with do’s and don’ts for shoulder rehab.