Stiffness and pain in your shoulder may be a sign of a frozen shoulder. Symptoms of this condition may come and go at first but are likely to worsen as time passes. Frozen shoulder can greatly limit the functional use of your arm. Conditions that affect your ability to move your shoulders — such as a mastectomy or stroke — can increase your risk of developing a frozen shoulder.
Find relief with the frozen shoulder physical therapy protocol at TRI PT Clinic by referral from your physician or calling us directly.
Physical therapy 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 Brooklyn physical therapist can develop a customized program to help restore your shoulder movement and decrease pain in the safest possible way.
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.
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 affects your shoulder joint. Arthritis, on the other hand, can affect other joints as well.
In the early stages of a 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 Brooklyn physical therapist won’t push you beyond your capabilities and take care not to do any more aggressive movements 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.