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”  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:

  1. Both active and passive range of motion of the shoulder is 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.

What to do next

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  1. Schedule your next Physical Therapy visit with Bellingham’s premier Manual Therapy clinic, Integrative Physical Therapy today!
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Ed Deboo, PT

Integrative Physical Therapy,

Bellingham, WA