Frozen shoulder is a condition in which the general motion of your shoulder is restricted in all movements and is accompanied by nagging pain. The reason these symptoms begin is generally unknown.
Pain and loss of movement are a result of irritation to the structures that make up the shoulder joint, specifically the shoulder joint capsule.
Some conditions, including diabetes, thyroid disease, and auto-immune disease, increases the risk of developing frozen shoulder. In general, most people with frozen shoulder are over the age of 50.
What to Expect:
There are 3 stages to the condition:
- Painful Stage: This is usually when your pain first occurs and you begin to notice your shoulder does not move well. It can last anywhere from 2-9 months.
- Frozen Stage: Your pain may actually decrease from when you first noticed it. However, you will notice the motion in your shoulder continues to decline. This stage can last anywhere from 4-12 months.
- Thawing Stage: The motion in your shoulder starts improving in all directions. This stage can last anywhere from several months to a few years.
What Can I Do if I Have Frozen Shoulder?
There is strong evidence & research supporting the use of the following forms of treatment:
- Joint mobilisations
- Stretching & home exercise programs
- Modalities: heat & electrotherapy
However, it’s important to note that the latest literature suggests there is no strong and conclusive evidence in favour of one form of treatment over another. It is therefore essential to get a thorough assessment by an experienced clinician to determine the best course of treatment for you.
General Rule of Thumb: Movement and Exercise!
Regardless of which stage of frozen shoulder you find yourself in, prolonged rest and avoidance of activity is rarely recommended. Exercise and movement is one of the most effective ways in decreasing prolonged stiffness and pain resulting from frozen shoulder.
As the saying goes…if you don’t use it, you lose it!
Frozen shoulder is a very frustrating and debilitating condition which can affect a person both physically and emotionally.
Our team at SEMI are all expert professionals here to help you through your journey of recovery. Consult any of our expert physicians or therapists to see what may be the best form of treatment for yourself!
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