Frozen Shoulder Treatment

Treatment of Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a common condition that causes pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. It typically develops slowly over time and can be a debilitating condition if left untreated. In this post, we will explore the various treatment options available for frozen shoulder and how Osteopathy can help in managing the symptoms.

Frozen shoulder is generally self limiting, with resolution of symptoms within 1.5 to 3 years. Treatment and an exercise program may help decreased this time as well as prevent the other shoulder from developing the same condition.

Causes and Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder occurs when the capsule of connective tissue surrounding the shoulder joint becomes inflamed and thickened. This leads to the formation of adhesions, which restrict the movement of the shoulder joint. The exact cause of frozen shoulder is not fully understood, but it is believed to be associated with factors such as age, gender, and certain medical conditions such as diabetes and thyroid disorders.

The main symptoms of frozen shoulder include:

  • Pain: Persistent pain in the shoulder joint, especially with movement.
  • Stiffness: Severe limitation in the range of motion of the shoulder, making daily activities difficult.
  • Weakness: Muscle weakness in the affected shoulder due to lack of use.

Treatment Options for Frozen Shoulder

There are several treatment options available for frozen shoulder, depending on the severity of the condition. These include:

1. Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy plays a crucial role in the treatment of frozen shoulder. A physiotherapist can design a tailored exercise program to help improve the range of motion in the shoulder joint and reduce pain. These exercises may include stretching and strengthening exercises, as well as manual therapy techniques to mobilise the shoulder joint.

2. Medications

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen can help to reduce pain and inflammation in the shoulder joint. In more severe cases, corticosteroid injections may be recommended to provide temporary relief from pain and improve mobility in the shoulder.

3. Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a holistic approach to healthcare that focuses on the manual manipulation of the musculoskeletal system to improve overall health and wellbeing. Osteopathic treatment for frozen shoulder may involve gentle manipulation of the shoulder joint to help improve range of motion and reduce pain and stiffness.

Research has shown that osteopathy may be an effective treatment option for frozen shoulder, with studies reporting improvements in pain relief and functional outcomes after osteopathic treatment. Osteopathic care focuses on restoring balance and alignment in the body, which can help to alleviate the symptoms of frozen shoulder and improve overall joint health.

We regularly see patients with frozen shoulder an assist them to get back to what they love doing, as well as improving their quality of life.

4. Surgery

In severe cases of frozen shoulder where conservative treatments have not been effective, surgery may be recommended. Surgical procedures for frozen shoulder include arthroscopic capsular release, where the tight capsule surrounding the shoulder joint is cut to improve mobility, or manipulation under anaesthesia, where the shoulder is manipulated to break up adhesions and improve range of motion.

How Osteopathy Can Help

Osteopathy can be an valuable treatment option for frozen shoulder due to its hands-on approach to healthcare. Osteopathic treatment for frozen shoulder may involve:

  • Joint mobilisation: Gentle manipulation of the shoulder joint to improve range of motion and reduce stiffness.
  • Soft tissue techniques: Massage and stretching techniques to help relieve pain and improve muscle function.
  • Postural correction: Assessment and correction of posture to help prevent further strain on the shoulder joint.

Osteopathic treatment for frozen shoulder is tailored to the individual needs of the patient, taking into account their specific symptoms and health history. Osteopaths work to address the underlying causes of frozen shoulder, such as poor posture or muscle imbalances, to help restore normal function in the shoulder joint.

Frozen shoulder is a common condition that can cause pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. Treatment options for frozen shoulder include physiotherapy, medications, surgery, and Osteopathy. Osteopathic treatment for frozen shoulder can help to improve range of motion, reduce pain, and restore normal function in the shoulder joint. If you are suffering from frozen shoulder, consider seeking Osteopathic care to help manage your symptoms and improve your overall joint health.

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