WHAT IS A FROZEN SHOULDER?

WHAT IS A FROZEN SHOULDER?

Frozen Shoulder is a condition where the shoulder joint becomes stiff and painful, making it difficult to move the arm. It can be caused by an injury or long-term wear and tear, but is most commonly seen in people between 40 and 60 years of age.

It is characterized by pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion in the shoulder joint. Treatment for frozen shoulder typically involves physical therapy, medications to reduce inflammation and pain, and occasionally surgery to release adhesions or scar tissue that has built up around the joint capsule.

Signs and Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder Syndrome

WHAT IS A FROZEN SHOULDER?

Frozen shoulder syndrome, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that causes pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. It can be caused by an injury or a medical condition like diabetes.

The most common signs and symptoms of frozen shoulder syndrome are

  • Pain when moving the arm,
  • Limited range of motion in the affected joint,
  • Stiffness in the shoulder area
  • In some cases, there may be swelling or tenderness around the joint as well.

If you experience any of these symptoms for more than two weeks, it is important to seek medical attention to diagnose and treat your condition.

Treatment Options for Frozen Shoulder Syndrome

Fortunately, there are many treatment options available for those suffering from this condition. These range from physical therapy and exercises to medications and even surgery in some cases. We will explore the various treatment options available for frozen shoulder syndrome and discuss which approach may be best suited for you.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a treatment option that can help reduce pain and stiffness of the shoulder joint. It can also improve range of motion and help patients regain their ability to perform everyday tasks. Physical therapy may be an effective way to treat this condition because it uses both physical and occupational therapies to focus on strengthening muscles, improving alignment, and enhancing mobility.

Some methods used in physical therapy include ultrasound, heat packs, ice packs, massage techniques such as trigger point release or muscle energy techniques (MEP), as well as other modalities such as electrotherapy or cold laser. While physical therapy does not provide a permanent cure for frozen shoulder, it can help reduce pain and improve mobility.

Rheumatology

Exercise-based rehabilitation is often recommended when people have rheumatoid arthritis. It may be used as a part of gentle exercise therapy to help decrease the symptoms of pain, stiffness, swelling and fatigue. However, joint replacement is sometimes required for severe cases that do not improve with physical therapy in order to regain lost function and mobility.

Surgery

Surgery is an option in severe cases where the joint has lost too much motion or has developed osteoarthritis. This procedure offers great potential for restoring range of motion and function.

Book frozen shoulder treatment at our Sydney clinic today

At Allied Health Center, we’ll begin with an in-depth consultation to discuss previous injuries or other factors that might have contributed (or continue to contribute) to your shoulder pain. This, along with an examination of the affected area, allows us to deliver tailored treatment that targets your specific condition. Osteopathy and myotherapy are our recommended treatment techniques for this condition, although acupuncture can help relieve stiffness and tension as well.

Ready for your consultation? Book an appointment at Allied Health Center today – we also provide acupunctureOsteopathy,  and Dietitian advice.

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