Frozen Shoulder Specialist

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Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapists located in Sheepshead Bay/Avenue Z, Brooklyn, NY

Frozen shoulder (or Adhesive Capsulitis) is a condition that refers to stiffening or pain in the shoulder joint. This is typically caused by a buildup of scar tissue in the shoulder region, resulting in pain as well as a decrease in range of motion. Back To Health offers completely individualized Frozen Shoulder rehabilitation programs designed for fast and complete recovery. Click Here to request to book your appointment TODAY!

Frozen Shoulder Q&A

What is Frozen Shoulder?


Frozen shoulder is a condition that refers to pain in the shoulder joint. It typically involves stiffness and tightness, and develops gradually over time. There is tissue surrounding your shoulder joint that holds everything together, known as the shoulder capsule. During frozen shoulder, this capsule becomes so tight & think that it proves difficult and painful to move. As bands of scar tissue form, this also reduces the amount of synovial fluid in your joints which help keep it lubricated.


What are Frozen Shoulder Symptoms?


Stiffness, tightness, and pain are the typical tell-tale signs of a frozen shoulder. Pain typically worsens during the night, making it more difficult to sleep.


What are the Three Frozen Shoulder Phases?


You’ll typically go through three phases with a frozen shoulder. Each has its own unique symptoms and timeline.


Freezing stage:


  • You develop a pain (sometimes severe) in your shoulder any time you move it.
  • It slowly gets worse over time and may hurt more at night.
  • This can typically last anywhere from 6 to 9 months.
  • Your shoulder range of motion has become limited


Frozen stage:


  • Pain might get better but your stiffness gets worse.
  • Shoulder movement becomes more difficult through daily activities
  • This stage can last 4-12 months.


Thawing stage:


  • Range of motion start to return back to normal.
  • This may take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.


What Causes Frozen Shoulder?


Interestingly enough we do not have a clear understanding as to why Frozen shoulder occurs. However, we do know that some groups of people are predominantly more at risk than others. Frozen shoulder typically happens more often among women than men, and usually between the ages of 40 and 60. Your risk also increases if you’re in the process of recovering from a medical condition such as a stroke, or surgery like mastectomy. Medical complications such as diabetes, heart disease, thyroid disease, or Parkinson’s have also been linked with Frozen Shoulder.


How To Treat Frozen Shoulder?


Physical therapy has been proven to be highly effective when it comes to treating Frozen Shoulder. With a large portion of our patients coming in with this exact condition has helped us devise an effective set of exercises proven to work. We recommend to always warm up your shoulder before performing any exercises.