Thawing Your Frozen Shoulder
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Can Avenue Health help with frozen shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)?
Frozen Shoulder Syndrome is an extremely painful and debilitating condition, characterised by pain and stiffness of the shoulder. Now there is a proven, natural programme that works in months, not years, and has helped transform the life of thousands world-wide.
Diana Csok, Speclean, Thames Ditton
Have I got frozen shoulder? What are the symptoms?
The typical symptoms are pain, stiffness, and reduction in the range of movement of the shoulder. This may interfere with everyday tasks such as driving, dressing, or sleeping. Even scratching your back or putting your hand in a rear pocket may become impossible. A Frozen Shoulder goes through 3 distinct phases, and the symptoms vary, depending on which stage you are in.
The symptoms typically have three phases:
Phase One – Freezing and Painful Phase
This, if untreated, typically lasts 2-9 months. The first symptom is usually a pain. Stiffness and limitation of movement then also gradually build up. The pain is typically worse at night, and when lying on the affected side and can be a sharp catching pain on sudden movement or external rotation (reaching to the back seat of a car, changing gear or brushing your hair).
Phase Two – Frozen Stiff Phase
This, if untreated, typically lasts 4-12 months. The pain gradually eases but stiffness and limitation of movement remain and can get worse. All movements of the shoulder are affected but the movement most severely affected is usually the rotation of the arm outwards. The muscles around the shoulder may waste slightly as they are not being used.
Phase Three – Thawing and Recovery Phase
This, if untreated, typically lasts 5-24 months. The stiffness gradually goes and movement gradually returns to normal, or near normal.
What causes frozen shoulder?
The causes of frozen shoulder is not fully understood, although it is more common among people who have diabetes. Frozen shoulder is not related to arthritis and does not affect other joints in the body.
Frozen shoulder may occur following a shoulder injury, but in most cases, onset is gradual and cannot be attributed to any one event. In response to the pain in the shoulder, the subconscious part of the brain causes the muscles that control the movement of the shoulder to contract in a different order. They start working against one another and thereby restrict movement of the joint in an attempt to protect it. This causes the freezing effect.
Will pain-relieving drugs help with my frozen shoulder?
Inflammation can be greatly reduced with the use of NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), such as ibuprofen, aspirin and paracetamol. Although they can reduce the inflammation caused by your shoulder problem, they do not address the underlying problem. They can, in some cases, cause stomach problems, such as acid reflux and constipation.
It is important not to use painkilling drugs before engaging in a physical activity. This is because, without the feedback from your body’s nervous system, it is easy to over-use and further aggravate your shoulder condition. However, they are very useful in helping you get a good night’s sleep, which is a vitally important part of your recovery.
If you are already taking medication prescribed by a doctor, you should always ask the advice of a Doctor or Pharmacist before self-medicating, as some painkilling drugs can affect the effectiveness of your medication, and can sometimes be dangerous.