Frozen shoulder - capsulitis adhesiva

It can take 1 to 3 years until a frozen shoulder disappears. During this period, the patient goes through three phases, namely the freezing phase, the frozen phase and the thawing phase, all with their own characteristics. The physiotherapists of Fysiofitaal Tilburg are able to recognise and diagnose a frozen shoulder and to draw up a treatment plan together with you.


In a frozen shoulder there is an inflammation in the shoulder joint. Because of this, the capsule that surrounds the shoulder (joint capsule) stiffens, which causes pain and loss of mobility. A frozen shoulder is most common in adults between the ages of 40 and 65 and is seen more often in women than in men. A frozen shoulder can develop without a clear cause, but also as a result of, for example, prolonged immobilization, diabetes or after an accident (hard fall).


Symptoms associated with a frozen shoulder are mainly pain and an increasing restriction of movement in the shoulder in almost all directions of movement.


People with frozen shoulders experience a lot of limitations from this condition because it can last from 1 to 3 years on average. The course of a frozen shoulder is divided into three phases, also known as the freezing phase, frozen phase and thawing phase. A frozen shoulder starts with the freezing phase in which the pain continues to increase and the mobility, in the course of time, becomes increasingly reduced. This phase lasts from 1 to 9 months. During the frozen phase, you usually have little or no pain symptoms, but only the movement limitations are present. The average duration of this phase is 4 to 9 months. The thawing phase takes on average 4 to 12 months. During this phase the mobility will increase and in general there will be little pain.


We speak of a frozen shoulder if there have been shoulder symptoms for at least three months in which the outward rotation of the arm is limited for at least 50% and two other directions of movement are limited for at least 25%. If the movement restriction is less than 50% of the range of motion, we speak of a partial frozen shoulder. The physiotherapists of Fysiofitaal Tilburg can diagnose frozen shoulder and draw up an effective treatment plan for you.


During the freezing phase, anti-inflammatory injections can make a good contribution to reducing pain and in some cases shortening this phase. In this phase, the physiotherapist at Fysiofitaal mainly has an advisory role for you. During the frozen and thawing phases, our physiotherapists can offer you good help through advice and physical treatments. Your health insurer will reimburse the treatment of a frozen shoulder by your physiotherapist from the 21st treatment for a total of 1 year.

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