Frozen shoulder therapy tips

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Frozen shoulder therapy can releave pain and stiffness
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Frozen shoulder syndrome can respond to therapy

What is Frozen Shoulder Syndrome?

Adhesive Capsulitis is the medical term for Frozen Shoulder Syndrome (FSS). It affects the ability to use or even move the shoulder, and typically affects one side of the body at a time.

Although FSS is a convenient term for the layman, the medical name is a much more accurate description of what happens. Adhesive, which in this case means “sticky” or “stuck” and capsulitis, which means inflammation of the joint capsule. In most cases, the problem is limited to the shoulder and no other joints are affected.

Who experiences frozen shoulder syndrome?

Frozen Shoulder is almost always found in people over the age of 40, although rare cases have been found in younger people. Women experience it more than men, and about 3-4% of the U.S. population will experience it to some degree in their lifetime. For reasons that are not yet clear, diabetics have more occurrences than non-diabetics.

What causes a frozen shoulder syndrome?

It is not known exactly what causes FSS. It can occur with or without an injury or trauma. Whatever the cause, it appears that the lining of the joint (the capsule) becomes inflamed, and scar tissue forms. This crowds the arm bone, which makes it difficult or impossible to move the shoulder.

There is some evidence that poor posture can cause increase the risk of developing FSS. A long period of immobility, such as during an illness or accident may also be a factor in some cases.

It is not thought that sleeping incorrectly can cause FSS, although some people do experience FSS like symptoms for a few minutes upon waking. .

What helps relieve FSS?

Seek medical advice if you think you may have this condition, as early intervention can prevent the condition from getting worse

Try to keep the shoulder moving, even if the movements are small.

Work with your health care provider to arrange physical therapy or sports therapy

Take oral steroids or NAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) reduce inflammation

Engage the services of a qualified massage therapist skilled in this frozen shoulder therapy

Surgery may be required to remove some of the scar tissue and free up the joint

The good news

Frozen shoulder syndrome usually resolves on it's own. When it does not, therapy and/or surgery are effective in most of the remaining cases.

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