Treatment for frozen shoulder pain — how physical therapy can help

Also known as adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder can be a painful and debilitating condition to live with. The shoulder joint is protected by a capsule of tissue that connects the arm to the torso, and frozen shoulder occurs when this capsule tightens around the joint, leading to pain and restricted movement. 

Although this condition can improve and movement can be restored, typically over a period of one to three years, patients dealing with frozen shoulder can still benefit from treatment. By providing options like joint mobilization and targeted exercises, physical therapists are uniquely qualified to help patients find relief and restore functioning. 

To help you better understand the treatment process for frozen shoulder, we’re happy to share the following informative guide. The Continuum Wellness team is here to help you, and we encourage you to reach out to us at any time. 

Steps to treatment for frozen shoulder pain

If you’ve been diagnosed with frozen shoulder, the first step when meeting with a physical therapist for treatment is a full evaluation. This includes a review of your medical history and any relevant doctor’s notes, questions about your symptoms and a hands-on examination of your shoulder and range of motion. 

With this information, your therapist can then develop a treatment plan that consists of the following treatment options: 

  • Manual therapy — By using soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques, therapists can help improve range of motion in the shoulder while relaxing tense muscles. 
  • Therapeutic exercises — Strengthening and stability exercises can relieve pressure on the shoulder while improving flexibility. 

In some cases, therapists may also recommend options like electrical stimulation therapy to relieve pain and promote the natural healing process. 

Frozen shoulder pain treatment at Continuum Wellness

At our beautiful clinic in Apache Junction, Arizona, patients can expect a higher level of patient-centered care. If you’re dealing with frozen shoulder pain, we’ll work with you to provide one-on-one care and develop a custom-tailored treatment plan. 

To learn more and schedule your initial appointment, contact us today. 

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