How Physical Therapy can help your Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder occurs as the shoulder joint ligaments that hold the shoulder bones together become inflamed, prohibiting free movement from the shoulder joint. Risk factors often include a previous shoulder injury or surgery, open heart surgery, hyperthyroidism, and diabetes in patients. Before a physician prescribes or refers surgery, patients must often undergo months of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and steroid injections.


Physical Therapy, including joint mobilization, strengthening and stretching exercises, improves outcomes for patients with frozen shoulder, also known in the medical world as adhesive capsulitis. Physical therapy continues to aid patient healing both after surgery and in other treatment plans which may ultimately prevent the need for surgery in the first place. Patients that require surgery are shown to dramatically improve through therapy. The therapist’s role at Performance Physical Therapy is to reduce patient pain and increase functionality and healing. To help patients achieve their best this year, in addition to the treatment received in our office, the physical therapists at Performance Physical Therapy will also create a home-exercise program based on individual needs and goals. Set yourself up for success, and let our team guide you through the process!

Performance Physical Therapy has been serving the Sacramento community since 1996. Our company has four locations in Roseville, Rancho Cordova, J Street and Folsom. We are a patient-centric company with an emphasis on compassionate care and effective results. We have appointments within 24 hours, so give us a call to let us know how we can help you. As a courtesy when you call, we’ll even verify and explain your insurance benefits!

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