What Is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder or adhesive capulitis (https://www.uvmhealth.org/medcenter/P…) is when you have stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. It is a common condition that typically it affects women ages 40 through 60 and is described in three phases: the freezing phase, the frozen phase and the thawing phase. If you think you have frozen shoulder, the first step is to visit your doctor.

An X-ray may be done to find out if the symptoms are from another condition such as arthritis or a broken bone. Treatment can include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and the application of heat to the affected area. Sometimes surgery is needed to loosen up tight tissues around the shoulder…


What Causes a Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder is the result of inflammation, scarring, thickening, and shrinkage of the capsule that surrounds the normal shoulder joint. Any shoulder injury can lead to a frozen shoulder,
including tendinitis, bursitis, and rotator cuff injury (rotator cuff syndrome)…

What is the Best Treatment for Frozen Shoulder?

Physical Therapy – Physical therapy is the most common treatment for a frozen shoulder. Medications – To treat the pain and reduce your joint inflammation, your doctor may recommend an
anti-inflammatory medication like aspirin or ibuprofen. Surgery…

How Long Does Frozen Shoulder Last?

Frozen shoulder can take at least 1.5 to 2 years to get better. Sometimes it can be up to 5 years. But the pain and stiffness will usually go away eventually…



5 Things You Need to Know if You Have Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder tends to pull the rounded head of the humerus (upper arm bone) further into its socket. People with frozen shoulder may notice that the affected arm appears just a tiny bit shorter than the other. The tendons in the arm can become stressed trying to compensate for this change, resulting in tendonitis or another tendinopathy…



How to Release a Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder (also called adhesive capsulitis) is a common disorder that causes pain, stiffness, and loss of normal range of motion in the shoulder. The resulting disability can be serious, and the condition tends to get worse with time if it’s not treated. It affects mainly people ages 40 to 60 — women more often than men…



Massage Therapy

Massage therapy and routine stretches can significantly improve your pain associated with frozen shoulder syndrome. By increasing blood flow to the area, your muscles can relax and inflammation will improve. This can reduce swelling and tenderness, not just in the shoulder, but also in the surrounding area.

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