frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)

Stiff shoulders

Stiff or frozen shoulders are usually uncomfortable. Assuming that there is not significant arthritis or joint abnormalities, most stiff shoulders can be managed successfully by a simple exercise program conducted by the patient in the home.


Surgery can be performed after a lack of progress is confirmed after physical therapy and if there are residual symptoms of stiffness and pain

General information

You should wear a sling when sleeping or in a crowded situation

You do not need a sling during the day if the arm is at the side

You may shower immediately, but do not submerge the dressing.

Do not take off the steri-strips

It takes 3 months for the soft tissues to heal

Wear a sling when you sleep

forward elevation on floor or bed

forward elevation sliding forward with rolling chair

external rotation on bed

external rotation with door

stretch up the back-affected arm is lower

Cross body stretch

Sleeper stretch