At your first visit to physical therapy for frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis, 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 limitation and pain.
A normal physical therapy session may look like the following:
- 10’ moist heat pack application for shoulder joint and musculature warm up for less pain and limitation with exercises.
- Shoulder stretches for return of normal mobility for reaching overhead and behind the back.
- Therapeutic exercises designed to strengthen postural muscles and muscles of the shoulder, arm, wrist, and hand.
- Soft tissue mobilization (massage) to shoulder, as well as any other upper extremity musculature that has become tight and painful.
- Passive stretching of your affected shoulder within tolerable ranges will be performed by a therapist to increase and maintain mobility.
- Electrical stimulation (similar to TENS) with an ice pack to help with pain relief and manage inflammation after your treatment.
- A home exercise program will be given to you and adjusted as you progress.
The manual techniques provided by the Physical Therapist will quickly reduce your pain allowing you to return to full range of motion which ultimately avoids surgery and returns you to normal activities.
Disclaimer: The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care. Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.
If you are experiencing pain in your shoulder or have been diagnosed with Frozen Shoulder or adhesive capsulitis, contact us for a free consultation. To request an appointment, click here, or call directly to one of our three locations during regular business hours:
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