About Frozen Shoulder and Frozen Shoulder Treatment
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Definition of frozen shoulder:
What causes frozen shoulder?
- Age & Gender
Frozen shoulder most commonly affects patients between the ages of 40 to 60 years old, and it is twice as common in women than in men.
- Endocrine Disorders
Patients with diabetes are at particular risk for developing a frozen shoulder. Other endocrine abnormalities, such as thyroid problems, can also lead to this condition.
- Shoulder Trauma or Surgery
Patients who sustain a shoulder injury, or undergo surgery on the shoulder can develop a frozen shoulder joint. When injury or surgery is followed by prolonged joint immobilization, the risk of developing a frozen shoulder is highest.
- Other Systemic Conditions
Several systemic conditions such as heart disease and Parkinson’s disease have also been associated with an increased risk for developing a frozen shoulder.
What happens with a frozen shoulder?
What are the typical symptoms of frozen shoulder?
- Shoulder pain; usually a dull, aching pain
- Limited movement of the shoulder
- Difficulty with activities such as brushing hair, putting on shirts/bras
- Pain when trying to sleep on the affected shoulder
What are the stages of frozen shoulder?
- Painful/Freezing Stage
This is the most painful stage of a frozen shoulder. Motion is restricted, but the shoulder is not as stiff as the frozen stage. This painful stage typically lasts 6-12 weeks.
- Frozen Stage
During the frozen stage, the pain usually eases up, but the stiffness worsens. The frozen stage can last 4-6 months.
- Thawing Stage
The thawing stage is gradual, and motion steadily improves over a lengthy period of time. The thawing stage can last more than a year.
What test are needed to diagnose frozen shoulder?
What are the treatment options available for frozen shoulder?
- Exercises and Stretching
Stretching exercises for frozen shoulder serves two functions:
The importance of stretching and exercises cannot be overemphasized as these are the key to successful frozen shoulder treatment. Patients cannot expect to have successful frozen shoulder treatment if they perform exercises only when working with a therapist. These exercises and stretches must be performed several times daily.
- First, to increase the motion in the joint
- Second, to minimize the loss of muscle on the affected arm (muscle atrophy)
- Moist Heat
Applications of moist heat to the shoulder can help to loosen the joint and provide relief of pain. Patients can apply moist heat to the shoulder, then perform their stretching exercises–this should be done at least three times daily. Moist heat can be applied by using a hot-soaked washcloth on the joint for 10 minutes before stretching.
- Physical Therapy
Physical therapists can help a patient develop a stretching and exercise program, and also incorporate ultrasound, ice, heat, and other modalities into the rehabilitation for frozen shoulder. As said previously, it is important that patients perform their stretches and exercise several times daily–not only when working with the therapist.
- Anti-inflammatory Medications
Anti-inflammatory medications have not been shown to significantly alter the course of a frozen shoulder, but these medications can be helpful in offering relief from the painful symptoms.
- Anti-Inflammatory Injections
Anti-Inflammatory injections are also commonly used to decrease the inflammation in the frozen shoulder joint. This can help to decrease pain, and in turn allow for more stretching and physical therapy.
Will i need surgery for frozen shoulder?
Alternatively, an arthroscope can be inserted into the joint to cut through adhesions. This procedure is called an arthroscopic capsular release. Surgical capsular release of a frozen shoulder is rarely necessary, but it is extremely useful in cases of frozen shoulder that do not respond to therapy and rehab. If surgery is performed, immediate physical therapy following the capsular release is of utmost importance.