Frozen Shoulder: Why and What Next?

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Frozen Shoulder: What, Why, and What Next?

Periarthritis HumeroscapularisWoman with frozen shoulder

Periarthritis humeroscapularis (frozen shoulder) is a pretty big word! But what it mean is that there is arthritis between the humerus (upper arm) and scapula (wing-shape bone on the back/shoulder). Many people with frozen shoulder have difficulty raising their arms.

Our shoulder is the joint with the greatest range of motion. It moves like no other joint in the body! It is very specialized. Once the shoulder become affected, the consequences become apparent very quickly. Eventually something as simple as putting on a t-shirt has become a daunting task.

Besides a broken arm or rotator cuff issues, frozen shoulder can also be caused by stroke, diabetes, cardiac disease, or Parkinson’s disease. Anyone who finds themselves immobile for long periods of time is at risk, had a recent surgery, or takes certain medications is at risk for developing periarthritis.

In the end, symptoms of periarthritis are pain and stiffness that make it hard to move the shoulder. A doctor must diagnose the condition before treatment can begin.




Over-the-counter medications (OTC)– non-steroidal medications can reduce inflammation and relieve pain

Corticosteroid injections– help reduce the pain by relieving the inflammation, however the process can be invasive and more aggressive than OTC medications.

Physical therapy– Physical therapy is vital to periarthritis treatment to help relieve pain and gain mobility quicker. Patients also benefit from advice from therapists on their unique situation, circumstances, and environment.

Surgery– Surgery is usually a last-resort for most, as it is the most invasive. Physical therapy is sometimes prescribed to help rehabilitate from the trauma the surgery caused.

If you are experiencing frozen shoulder or other arthritis related conditions, come see our expert therapists at Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center. Our experienced staff will evaluate your specific needs and develop a treatment plan for your unique lifestyle!


Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center

1111 W. Town and Country Rd., Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

(714) 997-5518

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