Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
Why is it important that I get out of my shoulder immobilizer after surgery sooner rather than later?
Following certain shoulder or arm surgeries where long periods of immobilization are present or after trauma to the shoulder, there is a risk of developing adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder). This occurs due to a thickening of the shoulder capsule and ligaments that surround the joint, or the loss of fluid within the joint. These characteristics make movement of the arm difficult & painful. Furthermore, range of motion deficits can be found in every shoulder motion.
As a result, athletes might only be able to lift their arm slightly away from their body. This deficiency makes it extremely difficult for athletes to return to sport post-injury. There are further surgical and/or steroidal options for treatment of this condition, however, proper stretching routines commonly found in physical therapy can be used as a more conservative treatment route to take.