Frozen shoulder is the common name for adhesive capsulitis, occurs when ligaments around the shoulder joint swell and become stiff that limits your range of motion. The inflammation of this tissue can make normal healing hard and result in your shoulder being so stiff that everyday activities can be troublesome. It is very painful for sufferers, which is normally followed by increasing stiffness after around nine months. Symptoms can get worse over time and then resolve, usually within one to three years. Your risk of developing frozen shoulder increases if you are recovering from a medical condition which prevents you from moving your arm such as a stroke or a mastectomy.


Symptoms of Frozen shoulder

Symptoms typically affect patients across three different stages & each stage can last a number of months.

  • Stage 1: Freezing(lasts between 6 weeks to 9 months) – your shoulder will become very painful and your shoulder’s range of motion starts to become limited.
  • Stage 2: Frozen(lasts between 4 to 12 months) – your pain may begin to ease, but your shoulder becomes stiffer, and using it becomes more difficult.
  • Stage 3: Thawing (lasts between 6 months to many years) – ability to move your shoulder will improve and you may be able to resume doing more everyday tasks as possible.


Causes of Frozen shoulder

There are a number of causes that are believed to increase the risk of developing frozen shoulder, including:

  • Health conditions such as diabetes, hormonal imbalance, stroke, heart disease, overactive and underactive thyroid
  • Recent injury or surgery – a long period of inactivity due to arm injury, illness or surgery – this may be partly due to keeping your shoulder still for prolonged periods during your recovery.
  • Altered arm mobility – not moving your shoulder for long periods, such as during a stay in hospital, or participating in an activity that involves arm rotation, overweight weight lifting and sudden stress via injury can cause frozen shoulder
  • Age and gender – it mostly affects people aged between 40 and 60, while women are more likely to develop the condition than men
  • Other shoulder conditions – such as calcific tendonitis and rotator cuff tear


Physical Therapy at SOS PHYSIO Rehab

A physical therapist at SOS PHYSIO can teach you range-of-motion exercises to help recover as much mobility in your shoulder as possible. Your commitment to doing these exercises is important to optimize recovery of your mobility.

There are many physical therapy treatments such as Manual therapy & Active Release Techniques (ART) are found to be very effective in treating this type of disorder.
For more information- Contact your local SOS PHYSIO clinic.


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