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.

Risk factors

A “frozen shoulder” or Adhesive capsulitis 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 symtoms:

  1. Both active and passive range of motion of the shoulder are equal
  2. Manual muscle testing is usually not painful and strong
  3. There is usually a >50% of External Rotation of the involved shoulder as compared to the non-injured one.

For more details, please check out the video below. Please let me know if you have any questions,

Thanks for watching,

Ed Deboo, PT

Physical Therapy, Bellingham, Washington