Frozen shoulder pain is one of the most common shoulder conditions and one of the most disabling. It owes its name to the fact that the sufferer has the affected shoulder range of motion severely limited. Typically the person affected has trouble reaching up for cupboards, shampooing, steering the car wheel and so on. This is made even worse by the long recovery times to regain full range and mobility.
After you read this article,you will have aquired a solid base of information where you will KNOW whether or not you have frozen shoulder, as well as how to take the next step in how to properly treat it.
Frozen shoulder pain is a relatively common condition that affects many people around the globe. It’s technically called adhesive capsulitis due to the nature of the disease. There is a capsule of sorts that surrounds the shoulder muscles which contracts and stiffens up,hence the name,and the pain. It also bears mentioning that when this capsule contracts and scars,becoming ‘adhesive’,it tends to severely restrict a persons range of motion. It tends to be especially hard with arm movements across the body and in reaching over the head.
Why does a person get frozen shoulder pain in the first place you may ask? Ask a dozen people and you will probably get a dozen answers. They could all be both right and wrong at the same time. Meaning that what caused the condition in one person may not be the same cause in another person. So what are the various suspected instigators of this insidious disease?
-Previous injury to the general shoulder area
-Hormonal imbalances,especially in the thyroid gland
-Repetitive motion or strain without proper stretching and rest
There are more,but you get the idea. Perhaps more to the point,the cause is not so much necessary as is finding the proper shoulder physical therapy. After all is said and done it may even lead you to sports medicine careers.
While the cause of frozen shoulder pain is largely debated among various health professionals and lay people alike,the general progression to be expected is for the most part agreed upon.
-Stage one: A freezing phase; Symptoms being acute pain,tending to be worse at night making sleep hard if not impossible. Range of motion has not yet become restricted much,if at all.
-Stage two: A frozen phase; Symptoms being lowering pain levels but with your range of motion becoming severely limted. Most people find this to be the hardest phase to cope with.
-Stage three: A thawing phase; Symptoms being,as the name implies,a gradual diminishing of the remaining pain along with a freeing up of movement again.
Now that you know the potential causes and the stages of frozen shoulder pain, how do you treat it?
Surgery,manual manipulation under anesthesia,and injections of steroids are options that I do not agree with,and quite frankly believe are largely unnecesasry.
The best form of treatment is a qualified shoulder physical therapy program created by someone that knows what there doing. Using such a program will lead to a speedy recovery and minimize the time a person will go through the above mentioned stages of pain and discomfort. Now that your armed with knowledge and can make an informed decision on how to treat your frozen shoulder pain, click on the button below and see if the following program is right for you.