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Frozen shoulder (also known as adhesive capsulitis) is a chronic condition that causes severe pain, stiffness, and loss of normal range of movement in the shoulder—hence the term “frozen.”

Frozen shoulder is a common issue, affecting many people between the ages of 40 to 6o, but it’s more prevalent in women than in men. And without proper treatment, exercise, regular daily activities, and even sleep can be a challenge. To learn more about the causes, symptoms, and handy frozen shoulder pain treatments, read on.

What causes frozen shoulder?

Frozen shoulder can develop for a host of reasons, including injury, surgery, arm fracture, or chronic health conditions, like diabetes or a stroke. Scar tissue forms in the shoulder joint’s capsule, causing pain, stiffness, and inflammation. In many cases, however, the exact cause isn’t known—almost any shoulder issue can lead to frozen shoulder.

What are the symptoms of frozen shoulder?

The most common symptoms of frozen shoulder include stiffness and muscle and joint pain in and around the shoulder, as well as limited range of motion. Typically, there are three phases of frozen shoulder.

  • Freezing (3-9 months): The shoulder becomes stiff and
    progressively more painful with limited range of motion. The pain is
    normally worse at night.
  • Frozen (9-15 months) In this phase, shoulder pain decreases but the
    limited range of motion remains and sometimes even gets worse.
  • Thawing (15-24 months): Here, the pain and stiffness are usually
    gone and normal range of motion will gradually return.

How can I treat frozen shoulder?

When it comes to treating frozen shoulder, clinicians or doctors may suggest using corticosteroid injections, over-the- counter painkillers, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) temporarily to help ease pain and reduce inflammation. Heating, icing, and gentle stretching can also help treat swelling and painful symptoms. Ultimately, though, you’ll want to address the root of the problem to prevent frozen shoulder from recurring.

One of the best and safest ways to treat and prevent frozen shoulder is with physiotherapy. A physiotherapist will design a specialized treatment plan that involves exercise, education, manual therapy, and other therapeutic techniques, helping to restore mobility, and improve strength and flexibility.
From tying your shoes to getting a goodnight’s sleep, living with shoulder pain can get in the way of life’s simplest routines. Why suffer with debilitating shoulder pain and stiffness if you don’t have to? Here at Urban Active, we plan and implement individual treatment programs to meet your specific needs, easing your shoulder pain and restoring your range of
motion faster.

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Experiencing frozen shoulder? Fortunately, your shoulder can be unfrozen. With the proper treatment, care, and time, you can expect a full recovery. For effective frozen shoulder pain treatments, contact Urban Active today!

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