What is a frozen shoudler?
A frozen shoulder feels exactly as it sounds. It feels frozen – painful, generally worse at night, and often the movements you can do with it are severely limited.
This is because the capsule (bag) around the joint has become inflamed and sticky and it sticks to itself, preventign the shoudler from moving.
Symptoms of frozen shoulder include:
- pain: Pain is usually felt in the shoudler and a tight band / gripping feeling around the top of your arm. Pain may extended further down your forearm too.
- stiffness and limited movement: This is a key feature of a frozen shoudler. Sometimes the restriction in movement can be severe and debilitating.
- sleep disturbance: You may find that the pain is worse at night. It can be difficult to find a comfortable position for your arm and often wakes you from sleep.
Frozen shoulders develop in three stages. Firstly the freezing stage. This is when the shoulder is painful and starting to become stiffer and more restricted. The frozen stage is a time when the pain is lessening but the restriction can still be severe. Lastly the thaw, as the movement starts to return. Each stage can last several months.
The earlier in this process you can intervene with treatment for frozen shoulder, exercsie and lifestyle advice, the sooner you can start your recovery. Putting you back in control.
Treatment for frozen shoulder
Treatment for frozen shoudler includes; massage, joint mobilisations, stretches, home exercsies and self help, to support the hands on treatment.
It can be really helpful for managing your symptoms and pain and speeding up your recovery.
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