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Frozen Shoulder

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The shoulder is most mobile and active joint in your body. We use our shoulders all the time, even without realizing it! This means that if you suffer from a frozen shoulder, it can causes significant limitations and greatly impact your ability to go about your daily life.

WHAT EXACTLY IS A FROZEN SHOULDER? 

Frozen shoulder is a disorder in which the shoulder joint capsule becomes inflamed and stiff, causing adhesion, resulting in a fixation of the joint. It occurs more frequently in individuals between the age of 40 and 60, especially those who are female and those who suffer from diabetes or thyroid-related issues.A hallmark giveaway for a frozen shoulder is the loss of the rotation motion. You can test this by putting the elbow at your side and rotating your arm away from your body and out to the side.

3 Stages to a Frozen Shoulder

During the first stage of frozen shoulder, the patient undergoes what is termed the painful phase. He/she starts to feel pain even while at rest and his/her motion is minimally restricted. These symptoms could last for 2-9 months. 

The second stage is the frozen phase, characterized by further motion restriction and severe pain even if the patient is in a state of inactivity. You’ll know you are in this phase once normal everyday routines are disrupted and the pain is greatly increased. 

Finally, the patient experiences a thawing phase.  As the name suggests, the symptoms of frozen shoulder’ seem to ease off, causing a much-needed reduction in pain. If you’re in this phase, you’re over the hump – but be careful, things might not return to normal immediately. It is estimated that spontaneous recovery is possible after two years. But, studies have shown that 50% of patients still have range of motion limitations more than 3 years after the onset of pain. Some 27 % - 50% of patients report persistent mild pain for up to seven years.

What can I do for my frozen shoulder today?

Receive manual therapy from a licensed physical therapist.

What is that?

Manual therapy is a safe, effective and non-invasive treatment method typically used for patients experiencing musculoskeletal pain. During treatment, your physical therapist may work to relieve pain with manipulation of the muscles, joint mobilization, and kneading. Through this type of physical therapy, our highly-trained and experienced manual therapist is able to implement a hands-on approach to healing that is designed to help manage chronic pain, increase your range of motion, reduce inflammation, treat joint structures, and promote faster healing. 

To find out how YOU can receive expert help by calling us today to arrange a FREE consultation! 

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