Pain and stiffness in your shoulder? It may be frozen!

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When we say frozen, it’s not a reference to the cold weather but a possible diagnosis for your shoulder pain! Have you felt a decrease in the ability to use your arm or shoulder, leading to pain that limits your tolerance to lift your arm or reach behind your back? Other than a rotator cuff tear or severe arthritis, these symptoms yell out frozen shoulder (or the medical term is adhesive capsulitis)!

 

Frozen shoulder is the loss of ability to reach your arms overhead, reach behind your back, lift objects, throw a ball, as well as, other daily activities that you never thought use your shoulder and arms. What you’re experiencing is the strong connective tissue inside your shoulder joint, which connects your arm to the shoulder socket, becoming very tight. This tension doesn’t allow the ball of your shoulder to move in the socket freely. If you suffer from these symptoms, Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, want you to know there are three things you can do:

 

  1. Have a professional provide joint mobilizations to stretch the joint capsule so that the ball of the shoulder can move more readily.
  2. Have a professional stretch your arm and shoulder properly to stretch the supporting muscles in the arm, shoulder blades, and shoulders. These muscles typically become tense and shorten due to the lack of activity they experience from frozen shoulder.
  3. Have a professional show you the correct strengthening exercises to restore strength to the shoulder and its supporting muscles.

 

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, our expert physical therapists are experienced in frozen shoulder. Our professional and caring staff will teach you how to relieve the pain you’re suffering from. We will develop a specialized program to get your shoulder warm and ready for your active life!

 

Call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center to schedule an appointment! (714)997-5518

1111 W Town and Country Road Ste 1

Orange, CA 92868

www.walkerpt.com

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4 Frozen Shoulder Success Stories

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If you read our last blog post, How to Unfreeze a Frozen Shoulder, you learned the stages of having a frozen shoulder and you know that Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center treats patients with frozen shoulder. We’ve had a lot of success with our treatments and wanted to share some frozen shoulder success stories with you:

Carolyn M:

 “This is my second time being treated at Walker Physical Therapy. I had a frozen left shoulder. I could not fasten my seatbelt or properly dress myself when I arrived. My therapist designed some unique exercises and provided therapy 2-3 times per week. The other therapists and aids were always encouraging. After 7 months, I have approximately 90% function of my left shoulder I believe I will continue to improve. I appreciate the wonderful attitude and welcoming atmosphere I’ve experience here.”

Odette E:

“This is my second time at Walker Physical Therapy, and both times I have been happy with the improvement.  The first time was to treat my left shoulder, which suffered from “frozen shoulder”.  After my treatments I was able to move my arm and perform a much wider range of movements without surgery.  This time it was to treat my neck and lower back.  I feel I am much better thanks to the patience and expertise of the therapist and the exercises from excellent PTA’s!  Their pleasant personalities make the exercises less painful.”

Ann C:

“I came to Walker Physical Therapy after I had surgery for a broken finger.  My finger, along with the two adjoining fingers, was very stiff.  In addition, my shoulder was frozen and I was having severe pain with movement. 

I am now able to bend all fingers!  I am not quite 100% to a fist, but I am continuing my work with the therapists, and I know I will attain my goal.  My shoulder is much improved, and the pain, although not gone, is diminishing.

I have been especially impressed with the teamwork I have seen at Walker Physical Therapy, and the dedication of the team to meet the personal needs of each individual.

I would highly recommend this facility to family and friends!”

Arlene W:

“Before coming to Walker Physical Therapy, I was experiencing ever-increasing pain and limited movement which was caused by my frozen shoulders.  I was unable to reach up or backward, I couldn’t even curl the back of my hair.  If anyone bumped into me or if I happened to stumble, I would feel excruciating pain.  I was concerned that I might have to undergo surgery.

My therapist began an intensive program of physical therapy and he always explained the treatment procedures to me. Throughout my therapy the professionalism, good humor and kindness of my therapist and the entire staff made what could have been a grueling program, a pleasant experience!  Every member of the Walker team was cheerful and accommodating.  Best of all, the treatment has been highly successful.  I am no longer experiencing pain and my range of motion is close to normal. 

I am grateful the entire Walker team for everything they have done for me.  I will recommend Walker Physical Therapy to others!  Thank you!”Frozen Shoulder Success

Call us today at 714-997-5518 to schedule an appointment!

 

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How to Unfreeze a Frozen Shoulder

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What is frozen shoulder? According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) is dull and aching pain in the shoulder. The shoulder can become difficult to move over time.

Most often a frozen shoulder occurs with no associated injury or discernible cause. However, poor computer posture and unusual activities may precipitate it. A frozen shoulder will go through 3 stages, each stage causing pain and discomfort.

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Stage 1: The “freezing” or the painful stage.

In this stage, shoulder pain persists from six weeks to forty weeks.

Stage 2: The “frozen” phase.

The feeling of stiffness or rigidity especially in the affected area continues. Dull, aching shoulder pain, and movement accompanied by pain are felt.

Stage 3: The “thawing” or recovery phase.

This usually lasts for 20 weeks to 26 months. With the use of physical therapy and rehabilitating exercises, the motion of the shoulder slowly starts to normalize.

Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center’s Frozen Shoulder Solutions:

Our physical therapy program for a frozen shoulder, stages 1-3, focuses on delivering fast and effective results for your patients:

  • Pressure Point Releases– To relieve muscle spasms, increase flexibility and range of motion, and ease chronic pain
  • Patient Education– Including Do’s and Don’ts and home exercises
  • Scapular Stability exercises
  • 830 Laser to reduce pain, increase tissue healing, and decrease inflammation

Call us today at 714-997-5518 to schedule an appointment for your frozen shoulder!

 

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