At Rehab Guru Physical Therapy in Omaha, we offer the best treatments available for frozen shoulder. We find that a combination of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), manual therapy, stretching, Graston and Deep Tissue Laser Therapy provide the best relief and put you on the path of healing. We will show you stretches to do at home and suggest other therapies you might do, such as swimming, to help loosen your tight painful shoulder.
What is Frozen Shoulder?
Adhesive encapsulitis, more commonly known as frozen shoulder. The cause of frozen shoulder is not well understood and can be very debilitating and impact ones quality of life. Some believe that the shoulder capsule thickens and tightens, which impacts shoulder movement and limits range of motion.
What are the symptoms of adhesive encapsulitis?
Freezing Stage – The main symptom at the beginning stage is pain, often quite severe, when moving the shoulder. Range of motion becomes increasingly limited. This is a great time to visit us at Rehab Guru Physical Therapy in Omaha where we have many options to help reverse the process before it progresses further.
Frozen Stage – The shoulder becomes increasingly more stiff and frozen. The pain may diminish, however the range of motion continues to diminish as well. Using the arm and shoulder become more and more difficult.
Thawing Stage – Swelling and pain subside and range of motion increases.
What is the best treatment for frozen shoulder?
Specific types of physical therapy have shown to be beneficial for treating frozen shoulder.
At Rehab Guru Physical Therapy, we offer many modalities to help ease the pain, decrease swelling and increase range of motion. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is a new treatment we are excited to offer to the Omaha area. The machine sends acoustic sound waves deep into the tissue to increase blood flow and loosen the encapsulation and adhesions. It is a fast and effective treatment, often realizing results in just a few treatments. This is a really helpful tool to treat frozen shoulder. The shockwave will help to decrease pain and jumpstart your shoulder range of motion.
We also offer manual trigger point therapy to increase range of motion as well as Graston and laser therapy. Graston therapy is the use of a long metal tool to work the area, loosening tight muscles around the frozen shoulder joint. Deep Tissue Laser Therapy is a quick and painless way to decrease swelling and inflammation. We also offer cupping therapy to increase blood flow to the area and promote healing. We will teach you mild stretches to do at home to help increase range of motion.
Utilizing a highly qualified physical therapist at our clinic, along with the newest and latest treatments we have to offer, can help significantly reduce recovery time and avoid the need for steroid injections, oral medications and surgery.
Call or text us at 402-740-8400 to schedule an appointment today, or use the online scheduler at the top of the page. We look forward to meeting you and helping to ease your frozen shoulder pain.