Frozen shoulder (FS) is the more commonly known name for Adhesive Capsulitis (AC) which is the loss of movement or stiffness in the shoulder. Shoulder movements become very restricted as there is a scar like tissue formed in the shoulder joint leaving lesser room for movement. This restricted movement is also painful making functions. Generally, a frozen shoulder recovers on its own after a certain period of time which could span from 2-4 years. Rather than waiting for the effects to die down with time, you could opt for the various treatment available such as Kinesio Taping.
FS is a medical condition in which the connective tissue in your glenohumeral joint (ball socket joint of the shoulder) becomes inflamed causing chronic pain and stiffness. The condition is frustrating for patients because of its immensely slow recovery and restricted range of motion. The exact cause of the disease is yet unknown but a more commonly accepted theory is that it may have an autoimmune component, with body attacking healthy tissue in the capsule. FS is also associated with depression, pain and back and neck problems which are caused by the restricted movement. Sleeping at night can be a painful for patients with FS as the condition gets worse at night and during winters.
How does Kinesio Taping help?
Kinesio taping could be included as a part of your physical therapy treatment program as it provides security and stability to the affected joint while reducing edema. The adhesive tapes are known to enhance support for the affected joint which makes it easy to move while also decreasing shoulder pain. Overall joint function improves with application of Kinesio tapes as it restores normal muscle activation. During the recovery phase of the injury, the tapes act as an additional protection.
As the movement is restricted patients will need help from an assistant to move through as much range of motion as possible.
To recover from frozen shoulder injury the key is to be patient. Any treatment process for the injury is bound to take months before any credible results are seen.