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What is a Frozen Shoulder?

Your bones, ligaments, and tendons in the shoulder joint are incased in a capsule of connective tissue. Frozen shoulder, or more technically known as adhesive capsulitis, happens when this capsule thickens and tightens around the joint and causes severe restrictions in your shoulder. The cause of frozen shoulder is a bit unclear, but it can develop when the joint is no longer normally used due to pain or strain. Diabetes and stroke can also trigger a frozen shoulder issue. One of the first things done to treat a frozen shoulder is to inject the area to help decrease some of the inflammation and irritation around the area. One of the best ways to treat frozen shoulder is to begin physical therapy. Because of the severe restrictions in range of motion, stretching and working the muscles during a PT routine can help to begin increasing your joint mobilization. Frozen shoulder can come on gradually, starting with stiffness and pain and progressing to little or not use. Getting your shoulder looked at early can prevent a full-on frozen shoulder. Listen here as Physical Therapist Dominic Turnerexplains what frozen shoulder is and how you can recover with physical therapy.

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