Frozen Shoulder Treatment
There are a lot of treatment
for frozen shoulder. Frozen shoulder has three main stages, each of these main stages should have a different
Acute Stage (Painful Stage)
The painful stage can usually
last between two to nine months. The pain will begin to build up around the shoulder and would spread to you elbows
or forearm. Sleeping can be a problem if you lie on the painful shoulder. The shoulder range of movement will begin
to reduce and the pain become unbearable.
During this stage, the best
treatment option is to reduce pain as much as possible while maintaining some movement. It is important that you
don't aggravate the shoulder by performing sudden movements, lifting heavy objects and reaching above your head.
See your local health professional such as a physical therapist for gentle shoulder exercises (eg pendulum
exercises) and the use of electrotherapy to give you pain relief. Use a heat pack or have hot showers to give you
some relief and to increase blood circulation.
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) is an effective medicine in reducing your pain. Try alternative medicine such as
acupuncture for frozen shoulder can help relieve your pain.
This phase can last between
four to twelve months. The shoulder pain would gradually begin to subside but your joint will increasingly stiffens
up. Sleeping wouldn't be much of a problem as before but reaching activities such as putting your bra on or
reaching for things above your head will be difficult.
The best thing you can do
during this stage is to do range of motion exercises as much as possible. You physical therapist will give you
theraband (elastic band) exercises to perform at home. The physiotherapist would progress your strengthening and
The Recovery phase usually last
between five and twenty-six months. The pain would gradually wear away and your shoulder will feel less stiff. The
goals of treatment are to improve co-ordination, increase muscle strength and range of motion. A full
rehabilitation exercise program should be given by your physical therapist to ensure maximal recovery.
Overall, the entire shoulder
recovery process should last between one to three years. If you still have significant stiffness after one year,
you may require to have surgery. There are two types of surgeries: Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA) and shoulder
arthroscopy. These surgery will greatly improve your range of movement and stretch the shoulder capsule itself.