Molly Ren explains what Frozen Shoulder is, what symptoms and risk factors to look out for, and how physiotherapy can help.
Frozen Shoulder is a painful shoulder condition characterised by progressive loss of active and passive range of motion in the shoulder, with absence of radiographic alterations of the glenohumeral joint. It greatly affects function of the shoulder, impacting daily functions. It is reported to still be impacting 10% of cases in function and pain after two years of diagnoses. It is crucial to diagnose frozen shoulders early, and have professional guidance to maintain, and regain shoulder function for optimal quality of life in the long term.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Signs and symptoms include:
- Pain in the shoulder (persistent for more than 4 weeks)
- Pain at night
- Provoked by certain positions
- Progressive reduction in range of motion
Risk factors include:
- Recent trauma of the shoulder
- Thyroid disease
- More prevalent in people aged 40-65
- More prevalent in Females
HOW PHYSIOTHERAPY CAN HELP
Following are some of the ways that physiotherapy can help:
- Exercises – to prevent weakness and regain range
- Muscle energy relaxation techniques
- Low level laser therapy
- Shockwave therapy
- Manual therapy
At Innovations Physio & Pilates, we can assist with getting you back to your activities with confidence and comfort.