Shoulder discomfort and reduced range of motion are classic symptoms of frozen shoulder. In most cases, frozen shoulder symptoms develop slowly, worsen over time, and eventually disappear on their own within a few years. As a result, it is sometimes referred to as a “self-limiting condition.”
An outer layer of connective tissue called the shoulder capsule surrounds the shoulder joint. This capsule is inflamed, thickens, and tightens in a frozen shoulder. This makes it difficult and unpleasant to move the shoulder.
Frozen shoulder develops in 3 stages-
Age: Adults, most commonly between 40 and 60 years old.
Gender: More common in women than men.
Periods of inactivity. Long periods of inactivity—from an injury, surgery, stroke, or illness—can lead to a frozen shoulder.
Diabetes: People with diabetes are also more likely to develop this condition.
Our specialist physiotherapist will conduct the following tests to determine if you have a frozen shoulder:
Typically, moist heat before joint movement, stretching, chosen range of motion exercises, low-level strengthening, and ice following activity or exercise is used to treat a frozen shoulder. It is critical for those who have a frozen shoulder to prevent reinjuring the shoulder tissues during their therapy. It is vital to avoid the following until fully recovered:
For the purposes of this guide, stretching will really equate to static stretching. This means taking the joint to a certain point in the range of motion and holding that position for a specified amount of time. It does not mean bouncing up and down, rocking back and forth, or holding the stretch for any less than 5-10 seconds.
Forward flexion in a supine position
These exercises involve basically moving the shoulder through its available range of motion at a predetermined speed and repeating the action for a certain number of repetitions.
The most critical aspect of these exercises is to remain aware of the range of motion that is tolerable in light of the pain. In other words, you should avoid attempting to increase range of motion at the risk of dramatically increased shoulder pain.
However, in more advanced cases of frozen shoulder, stretching may need to be more vigorous due to the loss of motion. The range of motion should improve gradually over time as the discomfort and stiffness diminish concurrently.
If you are one of those who suffer from frozen shoulder, please get in touch with us so that we can provide you with a thorough remedy in the comfort of your own home. Our specialist physiotherapist will do a physical assessment to rule out any other potential reasons for your pain and then build a personalized treatment plan to help you find relief from your discomfort as quickly as possible.