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What is a frozen shoulder?

Frozen shoulder pain, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a medical condition that is characterized by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint. Frozen shoulder limits the motion of the arm and can cause hindrance in carrying out daily activities. To restore functionality and mobility as well as to alleviate pain, the therapeutic methods and procedures of frozen shoulder physiotherapy are recommended to the patients. To know more about how one can receive physiotherapy for shoulder pain at home, start here.


Common signs and symptoms of shoulder pain
The signs and symptoms of frozen shoulder pain vary according to its three stages, which are-
  1. Freezing Stage
    During this stage, patients may develop the following symptoms:

    1. Mild to severe pain in the shoulder whenever it is moved
    2. The pain gets worse gradually and increases at night
    3. The pain can last for up to a period of 6 to 9 months
    4. Shoulder mobility is limited to a certain range
  2. Frozen Stage
    This is the second stage of frozen shoulder pain which lasts for over 4-12 months and patients may have the following symptoms:

    1. The pain gets better but the stiffness in the shoulder gets worse
    2. It becomes more difficult to move the shoulder, thus making it harder to get through daily activities
  3. Thawing Stage
    This third stage of frozen shoulder takes between 6-12 months and patients may notice the following signs and symptoms:

    1. The pain will subside but may occasionally recur
    2. Movement of the arm is easier and the range of motion returns to normal
Causes of shoulder pain
Though there is no clear reason as to why people develop frozen shoulder pain, it can stem from one or more of the following causes:

- Any type of shoulder injuries like tendinitis, bursitis, and rotator cuff injury can lead to frozen shoulder pain
- Frozen shoulder pain is more prominent in women than men and occurs between the ages of 40-60 years.
- Anyone who is recovering from stroke or mastectomy is at risk of developing frozen shoulder pain.
- Over 10-20% of people with diabetes are at risk of getting frozen shoulder.
- Frozen shoulder pain is also linked to other illnesses like Parkinson’s disease, thyroid, and heart disease
Home remedies for shoulder pain relief
Some of the home remedies that can be adopted for shoulder pain relief by patients include:-
  • Pain killers:

    Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs can help in alleviating the pain and discomfort in your shoulders. If these medicines do not help, consult your doctor for a stronger dose of prescription.

  • Hot or cold compression packs:

    Depending on your preference and comfort, you could compress the shoulder area with a hot compress or ice pack for 15 minutes several times daily. This can help you in reducing any pain and swelling in the area.

  • Shoulder support:

    Using a shoulder-support can help you to reduce any discomfort in the initial stages. However, it is recommended to use the sling sparingly because that could result in the immobility of the shoulder.

  • If none of these remedies is helping out, you should get in touch with a medical professional and opt for medical advice and procedures.


Frozen shoulder physiotherapy
In most cases, if you are suffering from frozen shoulder or shoulder pain it could be because your muscles are simply not strong enough or are uncoordinated. This can result in a considerable amount of pain in the affected shoulder area. Physiotherapy for shoulder pain is often considered to be the first line of treatment under such circumstances. A trained and experienced physiotherapist will first examine your strength and range of motion and your functional abilities ask you about your goals and then suggest you a personalised treatment plan to help you restore mobility and get rid of shoulder pain. Physiotherapy for shoulder pain or frozen shoulder physiotherapy treatment has many aspects to it but usually includes a combination of stretching, strengthening, and joint mobilising and stabilising exercises. Some of the other techniques your physiotherapist might apply during your frozen shoulder physiotherapy treatment may include:-
  • Specific physiotherapy exercises to alleviate shoulder pain as well as to stretch the affected joint capsule
  • Massage
  • Electrotherapy
  • Thermotherapy
  • Heat/ice
  • Athletic taping
  • Ultrasound

A combination of these methods will help reduce your pain, increase movement and get you back to the activities that you enjoy! In addition to bettering your quality of life that exceeds beyond such sessions, physiotherapy for shoulder pain will also, benefit you in the following ways: - Improved balance and coordination - Stronger rotator cuff muscles - Strengths weakened muscles - Improved range of motion/of joint movement - Reduces and prevents stiffness - Helps improve shoulder, neck and spine posture - Reduces any kind of strain on the tissues


Where to find physiotherapy for shoulder pain?
Are you suffering from painful shoulder syndrome? HCAH offer outcome-based, comprehensive and customised frozen shoulder physiotherapy and other shoulder pain treatment plans so that you can recover fast and stay pain-free. Our certified and experienced physiotherapists do a complete assessment of your condition and take your risk factor, pain type, lifestyle and work function into consideration before charting a personalised recovery and treatment plan. Basis your specific needs, our team of expert shoulder pain physiotherapists prescribe specific stretches and movements that you can easily perform at home to relieve shoulder pain. If you have any questions regarding our frozen shoulder physiotherapy treatment, feel free to get in touch with our expert team by calling 1800 102 4224 or book a home visit online.
What results you can expect from physiotherapy for shoulder pain?
Most cases of shoulder pain aren’t caused by anything serious and should ease within 2 weeks. But for you to fully recover and get back to your pre-pain flexibility and mobility, it can take anywhere between 4-6 weeks. Regular physiotherapy and performing simple stretches 2-3 days a week can help keep your muscles flexible, prevent stiffness and ease out the pain. If you are looking for a certified and trained physiotherapist to help you facilitate and assist you with frozen shoulder physiotherapy, you can get in touch with us on 1800 102 4224 (toll-free). Additionally, you can also search for shoulder pain physiotherapy near me to avail our world-class home-based physiotherapy treatment.

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