What is frozen shoulder and why do so many people over 40 develop it?
Adhesive Capsulitis, otherwise known as “Frozen Shoulder”, is a condition where your shoulder joint becomes stiff and painful. There are typically three stages to Frozen Shoulder:
The bones, ligaments and tendons that make up your shoulder joint are encased in a capsule of connective tissue. Frozen shoulder occurs when this capsule thickens and tightens around the shoulder joint, restricting its movement. (Mayo Clinic) Doctors are not sure of the exact cause why this happens to people but it is more likely to happen to people who have had to immobilize their shoulder for a long period of time, like after a surgery or injury.
Keep moving! There are many exercises and stretches you can do to keep your shoulder mobile:
1. Pendulum stretch
2. Finger walk
3. Cross-body reach
Call us at Hudsonville Physical Therapy if you are experiencing shoulder pain or stiffness! 616-662-0990
By: Becca Popma
Steve Bartz, PT