Adhesive capsulitis: Explanation of the treatment for a frozen shoulder

Adhesive capsulitis is the technical name for what most people know as a frozen shoulder. It’s a common cause of shoulder pain and loss of motion less commonly seen in athletes compared to the overall population.

You might first notice pain with activities that comes on over time. You might not realize that you have less shoulder motion at first. Frequently people develop pain and respond by using their affected shoulder less, which in turn leads to increased stiffness of that shoulder, which leads to even more pain, and so on.

Do you have shoulder pain, or have you suffered a shoulder injury? Watch this free video series on shoulder injuries in sports and exercise!

In this video, I explain what adhesive capsulitis is and who often gets it. Then I discuss how doctors and physical therapists can help you recover shoulder motion, overcome pain and get back to doing what you love to do.

Also read:
5 signs your shoulder injury could be serious
Arthroscopic shoulder surgery: What you need to know

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