Are daily tasks becoming cumbersome for you? Be it wearing a seatbelt, putting on clothes or throwing a ball. If any of these give your shoulders a jolting pain, it may be frozen shoulder giving you that trouble. Your shoulders assist in a wide range of tasks. Hence, it is vital to seek timely help of a physiotherapist for the chronic pain.
Signs, symptoms and risk factors
Frozen shoulder causes your shoulder joint capsule to shrink, which leads to stiffness, pain and reduced range of shoulder movement. It occurs when this capsule thickens and tightens around the shoulder joint, restricting its movement.
It generally occurs in the age group of 35-60 years and tends to affect more women as compared to men. Risks of developing frozen shoulder increase if you’re recovering from a medical condition or procedure that prevents you from moving your arm — such as a stroke.
Signs and symptoms develop gradually and worsen over time and patients diagnosed with frozen shoulder are prescribed a regimented care plan which usually takes about one to three years to resolve.
Treatment and care for frozen shoulder
The first thing to do is see a specialist and not self-medicate. Frozen shoulder can easily be confused with stiff shoulder by a common man, hence it’s important to take the advice of a specialist.
Treatments prescribed can range from individualized physiotherapy or a combination of physiotherapy, pain relievers, anti-inflammatory drugs and in some cases surgery too.
Before agreeing on a care plan the degree of immobility and the cause of it needs to be checked. Physiotherapy is usually preferred as it provides long term relief and in some cases helps avoid steroids and surgery.
Physiotherapy for frozen shoulder concentrates first on exercises that stretch the joint capsule and later on exercises that help strengthening. An expert physiotherapist can show you how far to push yourself and teach you appropriate exercises which you can later practice on your own.
It is also important to get the list of do’s and don’ts for your treatment and carefully sticking to it for faster recovery. The treatment for frozen shoulder can go on for a long period and thus, exertion can add to the misery.
The same treatment can also be availed at the comfort of your home. HealthCare atHOME with its team of trained physiotherapy experts follow a systematic assessment and onboarding procedure to support better recovery and treatment right from the first day.
Be ready to unthaw your frozen shoulder by availing professional physiotherapy services in the comfort of your home.