Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder (also known as adhesive capsulitis) is the loss of range of motion of the shoulder due to pain. It is not understood why it occurs, but inflammation and scar tissue begins to form in the joint, which causes extreme pain and prevents movement of the shoulder.

Traditional therapy involves the use of NSAIDS (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to decrease inflammation in the joint, and soft tissue therapy to decrease scar tissue. In some cases a steroid injection may also be used to increase range of motion. Frozen shoulder with treatment can often take 6-9 months to alleviate and with no treatment can take up to two years to pass.

Management involves massage therapy to regain movement and strength to the shoulder. Corticosteroid injections are commonly used in conjunction with massage therapy.

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