Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)

Date 2007/5/2 15:00:00 | Topic: Shoulder

Adhesive Capsulitis, or a frozen shoulder, is a poorly understood condition in which the deepest layers of soft tissue, called the joint capsule, become diseased. Shoulder range of motion becomes very limited and painful. The cause of a frozen shoulder is still not known but minor traumas, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, psychiatric patients, post-surgical patients, and prolonged immobilization of the shoulder may in someway cause this condition. The disease is characterized as having freezing, frozen, and thawing stages, and is self-limiting (in time it goes away on its own). However, it can take two years or more to recover from this condition.

Physical therapy consisting of patient education, stretching, joint mobilization, and a home exercise program can help speed recovery. For a small percentage of frozen shoulder patients, it may take two years or more to recover.



Possible Treatments
Active Range of Motion (AROM)
Active Assistive Range of Motion (AAROM)
Cryotherapy or Cold Therapy
Electrotherapeutic Modalities
Heat
Isometrics
Mobilization
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
Posture Training
Progressive Resistive Exercises (PRE)
Passive Range of Motion (PROM)
Proprioception Exercises
Physical Agents
Soft Tissue Mobilization
Stretching/Flexibility Exercise



Possible Treatment Goals
Decrease Risk of Reoccurrence
Improve Function
Improve Muscle Strength and Power
Increase Oxygen to Tissues
Improve Proprioception
Improve Range of Motion
Improve Relaxation
Self-care of Symptoms




This article comes from Chicago Rehabilitation Services, Inc. - Physical Therapy
http://chicagorehab.net

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