Frozen Shoulder Pain Specialists
If you haven’t received any relief from your shoulder pain from traditional medical doctors, look to a physical therapist. An experienced and trained physical therapist offers relief from stiff, painful shoulder problems.
When your pain is limited to just one area in your shoulder, there’s a good chance you suffer from a condition called frozen shoulder. In Brooklyn, a physical therapist can treat the condition. Visit TRI Physical Therapy Ask for techniques that ease your discomfort and return you to full function with exercises designed specifically to treat frozen shoulder.
Stiffness and pain in your shoulder may be a sign of frozen shoulder. Symptoms of this condition may come and go at first but are likely to get worse as time passes. Frozen shoulder can greatly limit the functional use of your arm. Conditions that affect your ability to move your shoulder — such as a mastectomy or stroke — can increase your risk of developing frozen shoulder.
Another term for frozen shoulder is adhesive capsulitis. If you have this condition, moving your arm overhead or behind your back causes pain or tightness in your shoulder. You may experience severe pain that gets worse at night. Simple movements such as reaching up to brush your hair can become extremely difficult.
Physical Therapy Evaluation for Frozen Shoulder
Physical therapy (PT) is often the primary recommended treatment for frozen shoulder. If you have a shoulder that’s stiff, painful and keeping you up at night, your New York City physical therapist can develop a customized program to help restore your shoulder movement and decrease pain in the safest possible way.
Your body is meant to move. TRI PT is devoted first to restoring function. Our physical therapists in Brooklyn are committed to finding the plan that best suits your lifestyle and goals with customized services.
Your physical therapy team begins by doing a thorough evaluation, looking for patterns in your decreased range of motion. Your physical therapist moves the affected arm in all directions to determine if movement is limited, whether there’s pain with movement, and how well you’re able to move the arm on your own.
Risks of Developing Frozen Shoulder
Frozen shoulder typically affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. And women tend to develop the condition more often than men. Often, doctors don’t really know why you get frozen shoulder. Sometimes, it’s misdiagnosed as arthritis. But frozen shoulder just affects your shoulder joint. Arthritis, on the other hand, can affect other joints as well.
Conditions often associated with frozen shoulder include:
- Thyroid disorders
- Autoimmune disorders
- Stiffness after surgery
The Protocol for Frozen Shoulder Physical Therapy
Once your physical therapist has completed an evaluation, the next step involves creating an individualized program of treatment techniques, including frozen shoulder exercises.
A combination of hands-on exercises and manual range of motion exercises can restore as much mobility as possible and may also reduce the amount of pain you’re experiencing.
In the early stages of frozen shoulder, your shoulder feels inflamed. It may benefit from shoulder mobilization and kinesiology taping for pain relief. Gradually, through a series of gentle stretches and muscle release techniques, your mobility begins to improve. Your NYC physical therapist won’t push you beyond you capabilities and takes care not to do any movements that are more aggressive than you’re ready for. Recovery in motion is a creed at TRI Physical Therapy. And it means that you participate in your rehabilitation at every turn.
Massage Therapy for Pain Relief
Frozen shoulder can cause a lot of pain and discomfort, and your physical therapist incorporates techniques for pain relief treatment whenever possible. One of these techniques that may be recommended is massage therapy. Gentle soft tissue massage may help to relieve some of your discomfort when done regularly.
Massage therapy increases the blood flow to the sore shoulder and helps to reduce stiffness. Trigger point therapy is another type of massage technique that may help. Steady pressure is applied on targeted points within muscles to help relieve muscle spasms.
Then during your massage, the muscle surrounding the shoulder is able to relax, and your pain level decreases.
Home Exercises for Frozen Shoulder
Home exercises are part of the physical therapy protocol that aims to reduce your loss of motion. You’re encouraged to work on stretching, strength training and manual therapy to improve your flexibility, as well as your ability to perform your daily tasks.
Recovering from frozen shoulder takes time. Incorporating frozen shoulder exercises into your daily routine is an important aspect of successfully treating frozen shoulder. Be sure to diligently follow all the instructions given to you by your physical therapist. But don’t try to force any movements that cause worsening pain. Remaining committed to recommended home exercise improves your arm and shoulder functioning performance to get you moving smoothly again so you can return to all your normal activities.