Tuesday, Dec 14, 2004
Adhesive Capsulitis and PT
Posted by Kent on 07/28/00 at 02:17 PM
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I am a 61 yr. old male who developed adhesive capsulitis (AC)or frozen shoulder in March 2000 in my left, non-dominant shoulder. An orthopedic surgeon diagnosed primary AC (no known injury) in early July and prescribed 6 PT sessions of 2 weeks. An MRI showed a partial The first PT session involved baseline measurements. I learned that I had lost an average of roughly 40% of my range-of-motion (ROM). After the 5 PT sessions of agressive stretching, augmented by my twice daily home stretching exercises, I found that I had regained roughly 45% of the lost ROM.
I was surprised by the improvement from PT alone based on many messages left on the old NMN roundtable, which I can no longer access. I seem to be still in the first “freezing” so I expect I’ll have to consistently keep up the home exercises until the condition “thaws”.
I see my orthopedist next week and will learn if he will recommend out-patient arthroscopic capsular release surgery to cut out the scar tissue adhesions.
It might be helpful to AC newcomers if others who have had PT would describe their results.