One of our most frequent inquiries from patients is whether physical therapy can help a stiff and painful shoulder. Patients often complain of pain due to sports injury, car accident, arthritis or adhesive capsulitis (“frozen shoulder”).
The shoulder is a ball and socket joint. The ball of the humerus or upper arm rolls and glides in the socket of the scapula or shoulder blade when we move our arm. Limiting conditions such as arthritis, general stiffness or adhesive capsulitis (“frozen shoulder”) stop this roll and glide and shoulder motion becomes quite limited and painful. Quality of life is impacted as it becomes difficult to perform simply daily tasks.
Frozen Shoulder is a condition that occurs fairly commonly with 200,000 cases diagnosed per year in the United States. Patients suffering from frozen shoulder often work with a therapist over an extended period of time so that pain is minimized without the need for prescription pain medication and motion is restored without surgery. Targeted manual joint mobilization can restore the shoulder roll and glide and therefore, the pain free mobility of the shoulder.
For patients who have suffered from chronic arthritis in their shoulder, physical therapy works to improve joint mobility that has been lessened by damage and inflammation.
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