Physical therapy is very helpful in the treatment of a frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis).
Physical therapy for a frozen shoulder includes:
- Stretching of the muscles and associated soft tissues by the therapist
- Specialized joint mobilization to restore normal joint motion
- Consistent performance of a home exercise program is a critical part of treating a frozen shoulder. Generally, all shoulder strengthening exercises are eliminated during treatment for a frozen shoulder, as they can be a source of irritation and inflammation which may worsen the condition. Once the shoulder thaws, any residual strength deficits can be addressed.