Frozen Shoulder, also referred to as Adhesive Capsulitis, is sometimes misdiagnosed. A true frozen shoulder has very limited range of motion. Frozen shoulder occurs when the capsule of connective tissue thickens and tightens around the shoulder joint, restricting its movement. The symptoms of frozen shoulder will usually last 6 - 18 months, however with soft tissue therapy intervention, this recovery time can be significantly reduced. Interestingly, women over 40yo are more likely to develop a frozen shoulder as are people with diabetes or people who have incurred an injury or surgery resulting in prolonged immobility.
Symptoms you may be experiencing:
- shoulder becomes stiff and difficult to move
- very restricted range of motion, particularly when trying to lift the arm out to the side and when attempting to rotate the shoulder inwards or outwards
- pain may subside by the time the shoulder is truly frozen, with most pain experienced during the "freezing" phase prior to the shoulder ceasing up
- pain can be worse at night, effecting ability to sleep
Initial care - things to try at home:
- continue to use the effected shoulder as much as possible, depending on pain levels and range of motion limits
- if experiencing shoulder pain while lying on your back put a small cushion or rolled up towel under the elbow to relieve the pressure on the shoulder
- icing the shoulder for ten minutes before bed may provide some relief, if you are experiencing pain when sleeping
Our approach to solving your problem:
- We will undertake a comprehensive assessment process to rule out rotator cuff injuries, by conducting a thorough shoulder examination and asking you to perform a number of exercises. A clinical diagnosis can be determined without further testing, in most cases, by an experienced practitioner.
- Once diagnosed, we will use soft tissue therapy techniques to loosen up the muscles of the rotator cuff and address restrictions in the muscles of the front (anterior) shoulder and around the back of the shoulder blade.
- Exercises will be prescribed to increase range of motion. Your commitment to doing these exercises routinely is important to optimise recovery of mobility.
- We will create a management plan to to get you back enjoying the activities that you love.
We will then create a management plan specific to you to help you to:
- function as best as possible;
- increase movement slowly with specific, low level pain movements;
- get you back to the activities that you enjoy!
If you would like one of our Soft Tissue Therapists to help resolve your frozen shoulder, give us a call on 9894 2463 or book online to make an appointment.