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I live in Florida. How can my shoulder be Frozen?

Adhesive capsulitis, also known as “frozen shoulder”, is a common shoulder condition that presents with pain and decreased range of motion, especially during motions such as reaching behind to tuck a shirt in or place a wallet in the back pockets.

The exact cause of frozen shoulder is unknown, however, it is more prevalent in individuals with diabetes and low thyroid hormone. Although many healthcare providers believe frozen shoulder symptoms resolve within a course of one year to 18 months without any treatment, recent research indicates persistent functional limitations if left untreated.

The most effective treatment for this condition is yet to be agreed upon, however, a combination of physical therapy and steroid injections appear to yield the greatest improvement in overall functional mobility.

Other shoulder joint conditions that may lead to limited shoulder range of motion and pain include rotator cuff injuries, osteoarthritis of the shoulder joint, labral tears, tendinitis and bursitis, acromioclavicular joint injuries, and impingement syndromes. If you find yourself having sudden limitations in shoulder range of motion be sure to contact your physician and/or physical therapist to determine the cause and appropriate course of treatment.

Dr. Niki Varveris, PT, DPT, MSPT, MBA, CKTP

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