Frozen shoulder is stiffness, pain, and limited array of movement in your shoulder. It might occur after an injury or abuse or from an infection, for example, diabetes or a stroke. The tissues around the joint solidify, scar tissue forms, and shoulder movements become difficult and painful. The condition usually comes on slowly, and then goes away slowly over the course of a year or more.
Frozen shoulder occurs:
- After surgery or injury.
- Most often in people 45 to 70 years old.
- More often in women (especially in postmenopausal women) than in men.
- Most often in people with chronic diseases.
How is frozen shoulder diagnosed?
CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS MADE BY DOCTOR AFTER EXAMINING THE PATIENT. USUALLY THERE IS NO NEED FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION LIKE MRI OR X RAY. X RAY OR MRI HELPS TO RULE OUT OTHER ASSOCIATED LESION OF BONE OR SOFT TISSUE.
How Is a Frozen Shoulder Treated?
You can leave a frozen shoulder untreated, but the pain and stiffness can remain for up to three years. A combination of the following can:
- Physical Therapy: Physical therapy is the most common treatment for a frozen shoulder. The goal is to stretch your shoulder joint and recover the lost motion. It can take anywhere from a few weeks to nine months to see progress. A home exercise program of gentle range of motion exercises is important. If you don't see growth after six months of intense, daily exercises, speak to your doctor about other options.
- Medication: To treat the pain and reduce your joint swelling, your specialist doctor may suggest an anti- inflammatory medication like, ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen sodium.
- Home care: Placing an ice pack on your shoulder for 20 minutes at a time several times per day can help to decrease pain. If you’re working with a physical therapist, the exercises can be possible at your home. Your physotherapist will provide instructions on the types of exercises you must do, how often to do them, and when to push yourself harder. Many people with a frozen shoulder can improve their condition without surgery.
- Surgery rarely needed: If physical therapy and Injection doesn’t improve your situation, surgery is a decision. Options are: MUA- MANIPULATION UNDER ANESTHESIA to manipulate the shoulder and put it through a full range of motion under a common anesthetic to help break up any adhesions. Arthroscopic surgery to remove scar release or tissue it. This permits the shoulder to recover its lost motion.
- Injection Therapy
- Manipulation under Anesthesia
Can frozen shoulder be prevented?
Gentle, progressive range-of-indication exercises, stretching, and utilizing your shoulder more may help stop frozen shoulder after surgery or damage. Specialists don't know what causes few cases of frozen shoulder, and it may not be possible to prevent these. But be patient and follow your doctor's information. Frozen shoulder nearly always gets better over time.