What Can Be Done About Your Frozen Shoulder?

What Can Be Done About Your Frozen Shoulder?


What is frozen shoulder? The word ‘frozen’ almost explains the deformity superficially. ‘Frozen Shoulder’ is stiffness accompanied with pain that restricts the movement of your shoulder. It happens when the tissues around the joint stiffens, forming scar tissue and your shoulder movements become difficult and painful. It may happen after an injury or from a disease such as diabetes or a stroke. The condition normally comes slowly, then goes away slowly over the period of a year or more.

You may get a frozen shoulder when you stop using your shoulder joint normally because of pain, injury, or a chronic health condition, such as diabetes or a stroke. Any shoulder problem may lead to frozen shoulder if you do not use or work to keep full range of motion, in short keeping it non-static but active.

  • How does frozen shoulder occur?

Frozen shoulder normally occurs after some sort of surgery or injury. It is common among those people who are 40 to 70 years old. It is more often diagnosed in women, especially in their postmenopausal period. Frozen shoulder most often occurs to even those people with chronic disease. If the doctor examines limited movement of your shoulder then he may suspect frozen shoulder. A frozen shoulder can be detected with the help of an X-ray to find out if the symptoms are due to another condition such as arthritis or a broken bone.

  • How to prevent frozen shoulder?

A frozen shoulder can be prevented by undergoing progressive range of motion exercises such as stretching your shoulder gently. In order to prevent frozen shoulder after surgery or an injury, you should gently use your shoulder more often. Frozen shoulder is not permanent and it gets better over time as long as it is treated.

  • How to treat frozen shoulder?

Gentle stretching is the key to treat frozen shoulder and it should be followed with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Application of heat to the affected area is a useful technique to loosen your muscle. Ice and medicines including corticosteroids injections, may also be useful to reduce pain and swelling of your shoulders. Physical therapy such as Kinesio taping provides security and stability to the affected joint while reducing edema.

If treatment does not help you recover your shoulder pain, then sometimes surgery is the only resort. There are two types of surgery often done, one is called manipulation under anesthesia in which in you are put to sleep and then your arm is moved to positions that the stretch the tight tissue. The other surgery uses an arthroscope to cut through the tight tissue and scar tissue. Both the surgeries can be done at the same time.

It is only in severe cases that you will have to resort to surgery. Professional physical therapy is good enough when it comes to treating and healing a frozen shoulder. If you are troubled with a frozen shoulder, don’t ignore it. Get a physical therapist to help you out.