What Is Frozen Shoulder And How Do I Treat It

There are hundreds of different ailments that affect the human body, so don’t feel too bad if you’ve never heard of frozen shoulder. The technical medical term for the condition is Adhesive Capsulitis and it may be more common than you think.

What is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen Shoulder occurs when the connective tissue around your shoulder joint has become inflamed. The tissue will then thicken and become stiff and this is what causes the pain. Just like an ice cube, there are four different stages of frozen shoulder. These are pre-freezing, freezing, the frozen stage and then the thawing. Many people who suffer from this ailment don’t always recall injuring their shoulder. However, they’ll usually feel a dull pain for several weeks and this will typically become progressively worse as time goes on. Eventually the shoulder will become so painful they won’t be able to move and use it.

Causes of Frozen Shoulder

Nobody knows what exactly causes the ailment, but medical experts do know what some of the risk factors are. Some well-known facts regarding frozen shoulder are as follows:

It often affects people who are over 40 years of age and more women suffer from it than men. It sometimes shows up in people who have recently suffered an injury that immobilized their arm as well as those who have undergone recent arm surgery. People who suffer from diseases or afflictions such as such as stroke, Diabetes, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, cardiac disease, and Parkinson’s may also be at risk of contracting frozen shoulder.

Medical professionals tell people with frozen shoulder that it’s important to be aware of the symptoms and they should realize it will limit their shoulder mobility. Because of this, they’ll be somewhat restricted when it comes to going about their usual daily activities. If you believe you have any of the symptoms of frozen shoulder it’s recommended you visit a doctor or professional physical therapist. They’ll be able to properly diagnose your symptoms and can treat the ailment before it gets any worse.

Frozen Shoulder symptoms

These are some of the most common symptoms of frozen shoulder:

1-Aching or dull pain in the shoulder at all times

2-Increased shoulder pain when sleeping

3-Range of shoulder motion is restricted

4-Difficulty in carrying out daily and routine activities such as getting dressed, driving, brushing your teeth, combing your hair, and reaching for things etc.

 

How Physical Therapy helps

Frozen shoulder can usually be treated with the right type of physiotherapy. A therapist will be able to help restore the range of shoulder movement by leading you through a series of helpful exercises. These will help to stretch the capsule and tissue in the shoulder and many of the exercises will be able to be done at home. When the shoulder is properly stretched and strengthened it will result in greater shoulder motion and this will assist you with your daily activities.

Once you feel unexplained shoulder pain it’s a good idea to visit a physiotherapist before it becomes worse. A physiotherapist will be able to evaluate the joint and pinpoint the problem. They’ll then prescribe the proper treatment needed to alleviate it and work hand-in-hand with you until your frozen shoulder has properly healed.

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