Created: February 04, 2016
Brian Eckenrode, PT, DPT, MS, Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist; Thomas Fliss, PT, DPT; Matthew Senese, PT, DPT
This summary is based in part on Kelley MJ, Shaffer MA, Kuhn JE, et al. Shoulder Pain and Mobility Deficits: Adhesive Capsulitis. Clinical Practice Guidelines Linked to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health From the Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2013;43:A1-A31.
Adhesive capsulitis ("frozen shoulder") is a pathological process that is characterized by progression and then resolution of shoulder pain and mobility limitations; it can last 12 to 18 months. Conservative management, including physical therapy, has been shown to be beneficial in decreasing pain, improving motion, and maximizing function. People with adhesive capsulitis can find more information at MoveForwardPT.com, the American Physical Therapy Association’s official consumer website.