A 32 year old female presents to the clinic complaining of left shoulder pain. The patient’s symptoms are consistent with that of adhesive capsulitis. What would be the MOST effective initial treatment?
- Refer the patient to their primary care provider for intracapsular corticosteroid injections.
- Begin gentle progressive stretching exercises with the focus on increased active range of motion.
- Initiate rotator cuff strengthening exercises, focusing on external rotation at 90 degrees abduction.
- Instruct the patient on Codman pendulum exercises and apply a moist heat pack.
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