How Do You Manage A Frozen Shoulder?

How Do You Manage A
Frozen Shoulder?

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Also known as adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder means you have stiffness and pain at the shoulder joint. There are other conditions that can cause pain and stiffness at the shoulder but frozen shoulder is usually characterized by lack of movement, especially with the rotation.

It can take up to 3 years for frozen shoulder to resolve! First, you will still have movement but your shoulder will be in a lot of pain. Eventually as the condition gets worse, you will have less pain but you will lose your movement. Your risk of getting frozen shoulder increases if you are dealing with other medical condition that limits your shoulder movement. Worst case scenario, patients have to go in for surgery to fix their shoulder.

Signs and symptoms to look out for:

  • Pain
  • Weakness
  • Stiffness
  • Lack of movement
  • Trouble putting on clothes
  • Trouble reaching above the shoulder


4 ways to manage frozen shoulder:

  1. Stretching of the shoulder joint
  2. Above the shoulder exercises
  3. Ice (if severe), Heat (if dull aches)
  4. Find a Physical therapist - a lot of joint manipulations, manual therapy, and therapeutic exercises can be done to relieve the pain and symptoms.

*** Remember: There may be cases when surgery is indicated. But be aware that other treatment options are available. Ex. Anti-inflammatory medication, Physical Therapy, and a consistent home exercise program.

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