For frozen shoulder, since you will only be in the physical therapy clinic for 2-3 hours per week, on your second visit, your therapist will give you exercises to complete at home (HEP—Home Exercise Program). This will allow to you take some of your recovery into your own hands and regain your shoulder strength and range of motion more quickly.
For frozen shoulder, at your first visit to physical therapy, you will undergo a full evaluation to assess your shoulder range of motion and strength. Your therapist will create a program of therapeutic exercises and stretching to address any areas of deficit.
A normal physical therapy session for frozen shoulder may look like the following:
- 10’ moist heat pack application for shoulder joint and musculature warm up
Frozen Shoulder, technically known as adhesive capsulitis, occurs secondary to inflammation and thickening of the fibrous joint capsule of the glenohumeral joint. The glenohumeral joint includes the head of the humerus and the concave glenoid fossa of the scapula. The inflammation and thickening of the glenohumeral capsule causes it to adhere down to the humeral head,
Osteoarthritis is an inflammation in the joints that can cause swelling, pain, and stiffness. It can affect one or more joints at a time. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage of a joint begins to breakdown over the years and causes bone on bone friction in the joint. Physical Therapy is a good way to begin treatment of Arthritis to learn the proper stretches and techniques of strengthening exercises to avoid further injury or irritation.
Arthritis is a condition where joints become stiff, inflamed, and painful. The most common type is osteoarthritis (OA). The cartilage in the joints breaks down as we age due to wear and tear which can leave some joints with bone on bone contact.
The best treatment for arthritis is movement, along with pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medication if needed.
There are many types of arthritis, but for the purpose of this article we’ll discuss the most common, Osteoarthritis (also known as OA). OA is a joint disease that most often affects middle-age to elderly people and can involve the cartilage, joint lining, ligaments, and bone of the joint.
This arthritis tends to occur in the hand joints,
A ruptured or herniated disk can cause pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness down legs or arms depending on the location of the disk affected. This happens when the center of the disk pushes through the tough outer layer at a weak spot and causes compression against the spinal nerves.
Once Physical Therapy is initiated,
A ruptured or herniated disk is when the center of the disk (nucleus) pushes through the outer layer and presses against the nerves. This can cause back pain that may radiate down legs as well. If surgery is not required as treatment for a ruptured disk, then Physical Therapy is prescribed by the Physician.
Let’s discuss the anatomy of the spine to learn more about a herniated disk.
The spine is made up of 33 vertebrae, each with a disk in between to act as a cushion or a shock absorber and to prevent the vertebrae from rubbing against each other. The outer layer of a disk is called the annulus which is a tough fibrous tissue that attaches between each vertebra.
Your surgeon will likely give you an elbow brace that will prevent excessive elbow extension in order to protect the repair – straightening your elbow will put too much tension on the still healing repair. The brace will be adjustable, starting at limiting extension to 45 degrees in your second week and gradually increasing the amount of extension until you have full range in about the eighth week.