30 Jan 2021
Frozen shoulder develops slowly and typically follows the following 3 stages:
The causes for frozen shoulders can be classified into 2 categories:
It can occur without any known causes. However, research has shown that diabetic patients are more prone to develop frozen shoulders.
There is a cause for the frozen shoulder. For instance, patients show clear evidence of a trauma such as suffering from fractures and tendon injuries.
Frozen shoulder commonly affects patients between the ages of 40 and 60 years old and in particular, it is more commonly suffered by women than in men.
Patients who had
- Shoulder injury
- Post surgery
- Prolonged immobility of shoulders. Reasons include rotator cuff injury and broken arm etc
You are more likely to develop frozen shoulder if you have certain diseases such as
- Parkinson's disease
- Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
- Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
- Lung disease
- Cardiovascular disease
Physical Exam by your practitioner may include:
Unfortunately, you are unable to prevent frozen shoulders from occurring however it is possible to minimise the complications by doing home exercises taught by your practitioner to maintain the range of motion in your shoulder joint.
The objective is to control the pain and restore movement and strength.
Oral anti-inflammatory medication may be prescribed to reduce pain and swelling
Physiotherapy sessions can help to restore movement in the shoulder and help you eventually regain functional movement. It can include exercises to achieve good posture as well as to improve range of motion, especially during Frozen and Thawing Stages. Through manual therapy, physiotherapy modalities and exercise programs, it can help to limit the extent of your condition. You can find physio treatment for frozen shoulder here by clicking on the Physiotherapy category.
A TCM practitioner may use a combination of these methods to treat frozen shoulders.
Find TCM treatment for frozen shoulder here by clicking on the TCM category.
Chiropractic treatment can help to improve the shoulder’s range of motion and speed up recovery. A chiropractor can treat frozen shoulders by manipulating the joints and muscle tissues. Treatment involves applying pressure to reduce pain. Find Chiropractic treatment for frozen shoulder here by clicking on the Chiropractic category.
For patients who do not respond to treatment options, they may be recommended to undergo surgery. The procedure is done under anaesthesia to help to increase range of movement. For treatment information, please discuss options with your orthopaedic doctor.
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