What is Frozen Shoulder, and what can you do about it?

What is a ‘Frozen Shoulder’?

Frozen shoulder is a very common condition that involves pain and restricted movement. 1 in 20 adults in the UK will experience frozen shoulder at some point in their life. Frozen shoulder is also known as Adhesive Capsulitis. The pain and reduced movement are the result of a thickening in the connective tissue surrounding the shoulder joint. Frozen shoulder can be related to other conditions such as Diabetes, or Heart disease, but often there is no obvious reason why someone gets it.The common nature of this condition can lead to any shoulder pain and restriction being labelled as ‘Frozen Shoulder’. “Does it hurt when you reach up to the top of the cupboard? Must be frozen shoulder!” This can lead to confusion with other common complaints such as; shoulder impingement, rotator cuff tear, or calcific tendinitis. The first thing that is needed is a clear diagnosis of frozen shoulder.If you have a true frozen shoulder the most important thing to understand is that it is a temporary condition. You will not be like this for the rest of your life. The amount of time it will last for varies from person to person, and depends on the type of treatment you pursue. There is no magic cure, but the right treatment can be the difference between a speedy recovery or two years of pain and restriction.

What can you do about it?

At Bridgeham Clinic we are in a perfect position to help you with your frozen shoulder. In the initial stage, our osteopaths will stretch and mobilise the shoulder joint. The associated joint of the collarbone and the shoulder blade can be articulated to increase the amount of movement available.  Massage and soft-tissue is very effective at releasing tight muscles. Pilates and Garuda will help you to stretch it yourself, and to rehabilitate the muscles of the shoulder.If you are suffering from frozen shoulder please get in touch, we can help.

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