Simple Self Diagnosis of Frozen Shoulder
A good frozen shoulder test is one that rules out other conditions. In order to diagnose and determine if you truly have adhesive capsulitis frozen shoulder, it is important to rule out other conditions. Shoulder Impingement Syndrome (frozen shoulder syndrome) or a rotator cuff tear can also cause pain and difficulty in moving of the shoulder. Due to impingement of one of the shoulder tendons as the arm is raised up sideways, patients with shoulder impingement syndrome find it very painful and often impossible to raise their arm up more than 120 degrees. Shoulder Impingement Syndrome is often quite incorrectly and misleadingly referred to as the adhesive capsulitis type of frozen shoulder.
The single most important symptom which allows for self-diagnosis of frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) is restricted movement causing functional disability. Patients suffering from frozen shoulder cannot raise their arm up sideways more than 90 degrees without elevating the entire shoulder girdle. As a result they find it impossible to do basic daily activities such as: putting on a shirt without gently putting the affected arm in first; putting the hands on the hips; washing their hair with both hands; shaving the affected armpit, or doing up a bra behind the back. Nagging or sometimes excruciating pain at night is also often experienced by those suffering from frozen shoulder and this may result in sleep deprivation or even depression.
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome appears to be similar in outward appearance to adhesive capsulitis frozen shoulder in that shoulder movement is limited with pain, however these patients do not have all the other symptoms. Shoulder impingement syndrome aka frozen shoulder syndrome can persist for many years. It can also develop into adhesive capsulitis frozen shoulder if left untreated. Because muscle pull imbalance is often the primary cause of impingement syndrome, Trigenics® treatments have been found to be the fastest and most effective way to treat this condition. However it can still be treated with good results by an excellent physiotherapist or chiropractor. Dr. Oolo-Austin specializes in adhesive capsulitis frozen shoulder and shoulder impingement conditions. He has successfully treated thousands of shoulder conditions for over 30 years. People travel internationally to his clinics from all over the world to be treated and cured of any type of frozen shoulder.
How to tell if you have a frozen shoulder condition
It is very simple to determine whether or not you have frozen shoulder syndrome or adhesive capsulitis using these 3 easy assessments yourself. Watch Dr. Omar, part of the Trigenics® Frozen Shoulder team, explain each frozen shoulder test.
Frozen Shoulder Test 1: True Side Arm Raise
Frozen Shoulder Test 2: The Tilt
Frozen Shoulder Test 3: Hand Behind the Back
Frozen shoulder test results
According to Dr. Oolo-Austin, you have frozen shoulder syndrome or a form of frozen shoulder if:
- Your arm stops moving at any point and does not continue up any further.
- You are able to raise it up but when you reach behind you with the arm up, you feel pain in the top or back of your shoulder.
- You cannot reach up behind your back (internally rotated and adducted) or feel pain at the end range in the front or back of your shoulder.
- You cannot put your hands up into the surrender position (externally rotated and abducted) so that both are equally far back or if you just have pain in the affected shoulder at end range.
If any one of the assessment findings are positive, you should definitely get expert corrective treatment of your frozen shoulder!
If you have any pain in your shoulder with any movement, you need to immediately go for corrective treatment
The reason why getting immediate treatment for a frozen shoulder condition is necessary is that, without expert corrective treatment, most shoulder conditions just keep getting worse. Then, many more serious conditions may develop which can seriously negatively impact and wreak havoc in your life. This fact can be attested to by the multitudes of shoulder pain sufferers today who never seem to get relief even after getting treated by many different doctors or therapists. There are literally millions of patients worldwide who, due to shoulder pain, cannot do things they need to or love to do. Millions suffer day and night from pain because of pain that prevents them from getting a good night’s sleep. It is important to note that a medical study with 5 to 10 years of follow-up found that only 39% of the patients had full recovery from frozen shoulder syndrome. (Reeves et al 1975) 
This means that over 60% of people who develop frozen shoulder, never recover completely if they do not receive expert curative treatment! It also means that these people will never again be able to do everything they want to do using their shoulder. This is because after time has passed, the damage to the shoulder joint is permanent due to degenerative arthritic changes which always occur when any joint stops moving properly.
Some of the shoulder conditions which develop following the untreated onset of shoulder pain include: supraspinatus tendonitis, bicipital tendonitis, shoulder bursitis, subscapularis tendinosis, shoulder tendon tears, “SLAP” lesions, rotator cuff tendinopathy, thoracic outlet syndrome, stiff shoulder, shoulder impingement syndrome, frozen shoulder syndrome, and the most dreaded “adhesive capsulitis frozen shoulder.” This type of frozen shoulder, where the entire shoulder joint becomes surrounded with heavy adhesions which totally restrict movement and cause excruciating pain, often develops after the onset of one of the prior mentioned conditions. This is a condition no one wishes upon their worst enemy but 300 million people worldwide get adhesive capsulitis frozen shoulder so it is very important for anyone with shoulder pain to immediately receive expert curative treatment! Compared to the incredibly limited treatment options available, there is nothing better out there, to date, than Trigenics® for shoulder pain treatment.