Adhesive Capsulitis-What is It?

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When people talk about Adhesive Capsulitis, they mean Frozen Shoulder in simple terms. Frozen Shoulder is just that-being unable to move your shoulder due to some inflammation going on in the bones. Frozen Shoulder causes scarring, thickening, and inflammatory arthritis is part of the whole bone disorder.

If your range of motion in the shoulder is very limited, this is when doctors suspect that you have frozen shoulder. It is easily diagnosed by an x-ray for confirmation.

Treating Frozen Shoulder involves several techniques that can be done. You may be given an injection of cortisone which helps the inflammation and pain reduce.

Doctors will also suggest that you take some physical therapy as an important part of your treatment plan. In physical therapy, a therapist will show you how to improve your range of motion by doing:

1. Some good stretching exercises to help your shoulder muscles improve.

2. Working on slowly raising and lowering your arms with the frozen shoulder to improve movements.

3. The Shoulder Flexion is a good exercise. You place your hands together and slowly see if you can lift arms above your head. You can do this sitting down. Do about 10 or 20 repetitions. Try to keep elbows straight. If you can’t quite do it easily at first with your pain, go for a little more each day until you can do more.

4. Supported Shoulder Rotation is also an excellent shoulder exercise a therapist may recommend for you. You keep your elbow in place, with your shoulder blades down and together. Slide your forearms back and forth. Try doing this about 10-12 times three times daily.

5. The Shoulder Flexion exercise may be challenging. You raise your arm to point to the ceiling. Keep your elbows straight. Hold it there for 10 seconds. Do this four times.

Sometimes electric stimulation can help too. This type of therapy stimulates nerves that are being affected by paralysis in frozen shoulder.

Ice packs will often help to ease the pain of the shoulder that is frozen. This may also be suggested to you by your doctor.

If all other options do not work and the frozen shoulder is severe, the surgery is required for some people. Arthroscopic surgery is done for people as a last resort. The orthopedic surgeon will go in the affected shoulder and remove scar tissue from the joint capsule. This surgery is usually done under general anesthesia. Once you have recovered from surgery, therapy will need to continue to improve the condition.


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