How to Unfreeze a Frozen Shoulder

What is frozen shoulder? According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) is dull and aching pain in the shoulder. The shoulder can become difficult to move over time.

Most often a frozen shoulder occurs with no associated injury or discernible cause. However, poor computer posture and unusual activities may precipitate it. A frozen shoulder will go through 3 stages, each stage causing pain and discomfort.

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Stage 1: The “freezing” or the painful stage.

In this stage, shoulder pain persists from six weeks to forty weeks.

Stage 2: The “frozen” phase.

The feeling of stiffness or rigidity especially in the affected area continues. Dull, aching shoulder pain, and movement accompanied by pain are felt.

Stage 3: The “thawing” or recovery phase.

This usually lasts for 20 weeks to 26 months. With the use of physical therapy and rehabilitating exercises, the motion of the shoulder slowly starts to normalize.

Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center’s Frozen Shoulder Solutions:

Our physical therapy program for a frozen shoulder, stages 1-3, focuses on delivering fast and effective results for your patients:

  • Pressure Point Releases– To relieve muscle spasms, increase flexibility and range of motion, and ease chronic pain
  • Patient Education– Including Do’s and Don’ts and home exercises
  • Scapular Stability exercises
  • 830 Laser to reduce pain, increase tissue healing, and decrease inflammation

Call us today at 714-997-5518 to schedule an appointment for your frozen shoulder!