How to treat a Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen Shoulder , medically known as Adhesive Capsulitis , is a condition in which your shoulder joint develops chronic pain, stiffness and inflexibility of motion. This condition may arise due to a shoulder injury or trauma, a surgery, a fracture, carrying of heavy weight , stroke, diabetes, various respiratory or cardiac diseases etc. It is believed that this condition arises due to formation of scar tissue inside the shoulder capsule.

Frozen shoulder can occur when you are not using your shoulder or your shoulder movement becomes slow because of difficulty, pain or a chronic health condition.

There are a three stages of Frozen shoulder – the “Freezing” stage, also known as the Painful stage, the “Frozen” stage, also known as the Adhesive stage and the “Thawing” stage, also known as the Recovery stage.

Frozen shoulder is more commonly seen in people aged between 40 to 70 years and the ratio is seen to be more in women as compared to men. About 2% of the general population suffers from this condition at some point in their lifetime.

Recovery of a Frozen shoulder will vary depending on the level of harshness of your condition, pain or stiffness in the shoulder. Frozen shoulder will take time to get better, restricting your daily activities and can take at least 4 to 6 months extending up to a couple of years if you do not start aggressive treatment in time.

In Frozen shoulder during treatment, painful symptoms may actually improve, but recovery will often be slow and take time. Treatment can help reduce the shoulder pain and help in mobilizing the shoulder joint.  So, how to treat a Frozen shoulder?

There are a number of treatment options available for a Frozen shoulder- such as shoulder exercises, Anti-inflammatory painkillers, steroid injections, Surgery, Physiotherapy, etc. Depending on the amount of pain and the condition of your shoulder, your doctor would recommend which treatment is more utilitarian.

Physiotherapy or Physical Therapy is a very good mode of treatment. A physiotherapist can teach you stretching exercises that you can do at home that will enhance your mobility during daily activities. A physiotherapist can also offer many other techniques to keep your Frozen shoulder flexible such as massage therapy, thermotherapy, warm or cold temperature packs. Wyndham Physio offers Frozen Shoulder Treatment in Tarneit, Hoppers Crossing, Williams Landing, Truganina and throughout Melbourne. You can book an appointment with us or know more about our services by visiting our website.