Establishing the correct diagnosis of your shoulder pain is critical for the optimal plan of care. Common shoulder disorders include rotator cuff pathology, sub-acromial impingement, adhesive capsulitis, and bicipital tendonitis. In this blog, we will be discussing the signs of a Frozen shoulder, also known as Adhesive capsulitis.
A “frozen shoulder” is a common shoulder injury, especially for those over the age of 50. Additional risk factors include diabetes, prior history of a frozen shoulder, and immobilization of your arm.
3 classic signs of a frozen shoulder
Whenever I see a client in my physical therapy clinic suffering from shoulder pain, I put them through a series of tests to determine the cause of their discomfort. With a frozen shoulder, I usually see 3 common symptoms:
- Both active and passive range of motion of the shoulder is equal
- Manual muscle testing is usually not painful and strong
- There is usually a >50% of External Rotation of the involved shoulder as compared to the non-injured one.
What to do next
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Ed Deboo, PT
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