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Frozen Shoulder: Causes, Symptoms, and Effective Treatments

Jul 5, 2024 | Physiotherapy

Adhesive capsulitis, commonly known as Frozen Shoulder, affects people mainly over 40 years of age. The painful condition causes the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint to contract and form scar tissue, preventing the shoulder bone (Humerus) from being able to move in the socket. The shoulder appears frozen and stiff which is why it is aptly called Frozen Shoulder.

 At Jack Nathan Rehab, we offer non-surgical solutions such as physiotherapy for shoulder pain. If you or someone you know has been suffering from Frozen Shoulder, this article will provide information on how to help alleviate the pain as quickly as possible.

For better understanding of signs and symptoms of Frozen Shoulder, Stages are divided into three as follows:

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Consistent Frozen Shoulder Symptoms are:

  • Intense pain
  • Shoulder Stiffness
  • Night Pain
  • Reduced Range of motion (Mobility)
  • Reduced strength
  • Unable to perform activities of daily living.

How is Frozen Shoulder Treated?

The first step in treating frozen shoulder pain through physiotherapy is undergoing a thorough assessment by a qualified physiotherapist. During this initial appointment, they will assess your Severity of your Pain, Range of Motion and Muscle Strength. Through this process, the therapist will create an individualized treatment plan that suits your specific needs. Most physiotherapists will recommend strength-building exercises and stretches that target the affected joint muscles. These exercises use gradual movement to stretch out muscles to help improve mobility over time which helps alleviate some of the stiffness caused by adhesive capsulitis.

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    Frozen Shoulder Physiotherapy Treatment

    1. Pain Management
      At the onset of a frozen shoulder, pain can be excruciating. Physiotherapists use various techniques such as Ice, Heat and Manual therapy within available limits to alleviate Pain and Inflammation.
    2. Range of Motion Exercises
      Gentle and targeted exercises are designed to improve range of motion. Your Physiotherapist will guide you through a series of exercises and ensure they are performed safely to prevent any future injuries.
    3. Stretching Exercises
      Gentle passive stretching exercises to counteract the tightening of the joint capsule and surrounding muscles which will help in reducing pain and loosening up connective tissues.
    4. Manual therapy
      This is one of the most essential parts of shoulder rehab. Physiotherapists try to focus more on hands-on therapy by performing soft tissue release, Joint mobilization which will help to break down the adhesions and improve joint mobility and reduce stiffness.
    5. Strengthening Exercises
      Once the pain lessens up and mobility improves Physiotherapists start with gradual strength training starting with lower weights and gradually progressing with weights.
    6. Posture and Ergonomics
      Addressing Posture and ergonomics issues is crucial in preventing strain on the shoulder joint. Your Physiotherapist will examine your posture and guide you with postural training exercises including use of any ergonomic aids if required.
    7. Education and Lifestyle Modification-
      A good Physiotherapist will educate you about your condition and stage of frozen shoulder and provide guidance on lifestyle modification to minimize the risk of recurrence.
    8. Electrotherapy
      Physiotherapists might be using electrotherapy like Ultrasound/TENS/IFC/LASER to alleviate your pain and reduce inflammation.
    9. Home Exercise Program
      A home exercise program would be given by the therapist. Consistency is key and performing these exercises regularly can significantly improve your recovery.

    Frozen shoulders can be frustrating and painful, but with the right approach, you can regain your mobility and live a good quality of life. If you are experiencing symptoms of frozen shoulder, don’t hesitate to book an initial assessment with our Physiotherapist at Jack Nathan Rehab. Our Rehab clinics are conveniently located within local Walmart centers. We will assess your condition and create tailored treatment plans and guide you on your journey to freedom from shoulder pain and stiffness. Remember patience and consistency are key.

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