This is a true problem and is medically known as “Adhesive Capsulitis.”
Your shoulder joint has a capsule of soft tissue surrounding the joint to enhance the stability of the joint and prevent the shoulder from dislocating.
Unfortunately, that capsule can become super tight and sort of stick to itself; hence, the “adhesive” part of the diagnosis.
Think about this way:
Look at the shirt you are wearing and take the fabric of the shirt in your armpit and hold on to it – now try to raise your arm. Do you feel your shirt restricting your shoulder motion?
That’s a very basic way to describe adhesive capsulitis.
BECAUSE YOUR SHOULDER ACTUALLY FEELS FROZEN OR STUCK LIKE IT WON’T MOVE.
Adhesive capsulitis typically goes through 4 phases:
A few years ago, a middle-aged gentleman came to his physical therapy session because he was having back pain. After evaluating him, I learned that his back pain also created frequent “zinger-like” sharp shooting pain down his left leg. After about 3 sessions, his pain in his back and left leg were getting better and he was progressing exactly as I had predicted. This is great, right?
WRONG! He had no idea what had caused his back problem in the first place – which meant it was difficult for me to figure out the root cause of the problem so that I could really help his problem go away and not come back again.
During his 4th session, I was providing a special hands-on nerve treatment technique to his left leg while he was laying on his stomach. This technique, called the Myokinesthetic System™ was working very well in reducing the number of episodes of sharp shooting left leg pain. He was just chatting about how 2 years prior his right shoulder...
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