Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder Treatment in CT & NY

Frozen shoulder, also referred to as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that causes stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. Symptoms typically begin gradually, worsen over time and then resolve within one to three years.

Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder

A person with a frozen shoulder will typically go through three phases:

  • Freezing stage – Movement of the shoulder causes pain, and range of motion starts to become limited.
  • Frozen stage – Pain may begin to cease. However, the shoulder becomes stiffer and more difficult to move.
  • Thawing stage – Range of motion in the shoulder begins to improve.

Causes of Frozen Shoulder

The cause of frozen shoulder is unclear. However, a few factors may put a person more at risk of developing frozen shoulder, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Diseases, such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Parkinson’s disease and cardiac disease
  • Immobilization

Treatment for Frozen Shoulder

Physical therapy is a common method of treatment for frozen shoulder. Exercises can help recover mobility and increase range of motion in the shoulder. Acupuncture is also a form of treatment that can help alleviate pain caused by frozen shoulder. Frozen shoulder typically lasts for 12 to 18 months.

At Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation of NY & CT, we offer a variety of personalized treatments to help you find relief. To learn more about which treatment is right for you, schedule an appointment today!