Frozen shoulder is a specific condition of the shoulder, and as such has a specific definition. It is thought to follow a pattern approximately as follows (also see www.mayoclinic.org for details):
1) The freezing stage – there is increasing pain and decreasing range of motion of the shoulder gradually over several days-weeks.
2) The frozen stage – pain in the shoulder is stable and fairly unchanging. The range of motion of the shoulder is very limited and unchanging for up to several months.
3) The thawing stage – the pain is gradually subsiding and the range of motion of the shoulder gradually returns, again over several months.
Many common shoulder conditions/injuries may be mistaken for frozen shoulder, including tendinitis, tendon calcification, bursitis or joint issues. To understand what your issue is, it is important to have the shoulder thoroughly assessed both medically and by a musculoskeletal therapist (e.g. Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, Physiotherapist). Manual therapy, such as Osteopathy, may be most helpful during the ‘thawing phase’ of frozen shoulder. There may be benefit during the other phases too, notably to prevent compensatory pain and tensions from arising. Techniques such as range of motion exercises, rhythmic joint movements, joint decompression, stretch, muscle/fascial release are aimed at improving function,
pain and range of motion of the shoulder. Specific rehabilitation exercises can also be provided to you, such as stretch, mobility and strengthening exercises. Many other shoulder conditions can also be addressed and helped in this way. Get help for your shoulder today!
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