I have ALOT of clients coming in lately with a frozen shoulder. Something I have experienced myself with both my shoulders so I can understand how excruciating this condition is and how long it can take to come right untreated.
WHAT CAUSES A FROZEN SHOULDER
Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that causes restriction of motion and pain in the shoulder joint.
The cause of a frozen shoulder is often unknown, but there are certain people who seem to have a higher likelihood of developing this condition e.g. 40-60 year olds more commonly women; people with diabetes, thyroid problems and Parkinsons and people who have suffered a shoulder trauma or surgery . Frozen shoulder causes the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint to contract and form scar tissue.
COMMON ISSUES INCLUDE:
Unable to reach above shoulder height
Unable to throw a ball
Unable to quickly reach for something
Unable to reach behind your back eg bra or tuck shirt
Unable to reach out to your side and behind. eg reach for seat belt
Unable to sleep on your side.
THERE ARE THREE STAGES OF A FROZEN SHOULDER:
Symptoms begin as a gradual onset and progress through the following 3 stages.
1. Painful ( Freezing ) stage
• Stiffness in the shoulder joint
• Pain with any shoulder movement (worse at night)
• Limited range of movement (ROM)
• Little to no response to anti-inflammatory medication
2. Frozen( Adhesion ) stage
• Pain begins to subside
• ROM is significantly limited
• Pain is present with end ROM ie elevation , external rotation
3. Thawing ( Resolution ) stage
• ROM begins to improve
• Spontaneous restoration of freedom in the joint capsule
Each stage can last on average 6 to 8 months if left untreated.
Approximately 20% of people who have had a frozen shoulder will also develop frozen shoulder in their other shoulder in the future.
I urge you to come and try Bowen Therapy to see how it can help you. It significantly decreases recovery time and the homework exercises help you regain flexibility dramatically.