Adhesive Capsulitis Impingement • Spinal Rehab & Sports Medicine

Adhesive Capsulitis Impingement

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Frozen Shoulder

Adhesive Capsulitis is also called frozen shoulder, and it is a condition that can trouble athletes who are involved in sports where the shoulder is excessively strained or worn out. Adhesive capsulitis impingement is a condition where the shoulder area experiences a painful and gradual loss of motion. The issue with the condition is there is no one event that alerts a patient to the issue. It is almost like a gradual degeneration of how the shoulder operates.

Causes of Adhesive Capsulitis Impingement

The condition is caused when the capsule that surrounds the shoulder joint is inflamed, scarred, thickened or shrunk. Other shoulder injuries, such as tendonitis, rotator cuff injuries or bursitis can also lead to adhesive capsulitis impingement.

Symptoms of Adhesive Capsulitis Impingement

The symptoms of adhesive capsulitis impingement occur in three stages and can last for a few months. The first stage will involve a lot of pain and stiffness in the shoulder area, and this can last for anywhere from one to three months. The second phase is where the pain is not too bad, but the stiffness is even worse. The final phase will see the condition gradually getting better, with the pain completely gone and the stiffness going away too.

Treatment of Adhesive Capsulitis Impingement

There are two ways to approach adhesive capsulitis impingement. Patients who get the injury during everyday life or because of causal sports can simply rest. Using the shoulder less and avoiding activities that strain the area will see the pain and stiffness gradually get better. Over the counter medicine can help with both pain and inflammation during the days where it is especially uncomfortable.
Patients who are more serious athletes, or who want a more robust solution, can book an appointment with Dr. Bob Meyer at the Spinal Rehab and Sports Medicine clinic. Dr. Meyer has extensive experience in helping patients with shoulder issues, and would be delighted to take over your treatment for the condition.

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