Does physical therapy help a frozen shoulder?

Apr30th 2020

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.