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Warwickshire, CV21 2SN.
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Don't give a cold shoulder to Frozen Shoulder

Sunday May 12, 2019 at 5:52am
Frozen Shoulder can be treated by osteopaths

A frozen shoulder is an inflammatory condition of the shoulder joint causing stiffness and pain. However, not all stiff shoulders are frozen shoulder.

The medical term used is adhesive capsulitis and describes the underlying causes of the symptoms well. Capsulitis, “-itis” refers to inflammation, and the capsule being the layer of connective tissue that makes up the walls of the shoulder joint itself. Adhesive, the inflammation makes the shoulder joint “sticky” by causing it to swell and thicken.

Frozen shoulders are characterised by three phases that last an average of 6-8 months each: 

  • Freezing phase: movement is very painful and the shoulder stiffens
  • Frozen phase: the shoulder is as stiff as it can get and the pain starts to decrease
  • Thawing phase: normal movement gradually returns and pain resolves

Common risk factors

  • Age 40-70
  • Women more commonly affected
  • Reduced shoulder movement due to other conditions
  • Diabetes, Thyroid dysfunction and Parkinson’s

Usual medical treatment

  • Limiting painful movement
  • Ibuprofen and paracetamol
  • Stronger painkillers (and cortisone injections if needed)
  • Exercises to help mobility

Treatment of frozen shoulder related pain at the Rugby Osteopathic Centre can be done in conjunction with the above. It usually involves a combination of massage, stretching, mobilisation, exercise and advice that is tailored specifically to each patient. Treatment will generally also involve related areas such as the upper back and shoulders.

Should you have any questions or require further information, please get in touch. We are happy to answer questions by e-mail, phone or at your next appointment.

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Warwickshire, CV21 2SN, Tel: 01788 560646, Fax:01788 571318