If you’re over the age of 30, have rotator cuff problems or arthritis, there is hope for you without having to have surgery.
What Is Frozen Shoulder?
Frozen Shoulder is a condition that affects your shoulder joint. It usually involves pain and stiffness that develops gradually, gets worse and then may get to a point of the person barely being able to move their shoulder with little or no range of motion. This can take anywhere from a year to 3 years to fully develop. Once you notice that your range of motion is decreasing, you may be developing a frozen shoulder.
Does your shoulder pain build up when you move it wrong or is it a sudden sharp pain shooting from your neck into your arm? Do you have difficulty just washing your hair or even scratching your back? Have you had to give up golf because of your shoulder pain? Nothing’s worse than feeling great mentally, but physically feeling held back from life because your shoulder hurts and the pain just won’t go away!
Your shoulder is made up of three bones that form a ball-and-socket joint. They are your upper arm (humerus), shoulder blade (scapula), and collarbone (clavicle). There’s also tissue surrounding your shoulder joint that holds everything together. This is called the shoulder capsule.
With frozen shoulder, the capsule becomes so thick and tight that it’s hard to move. Bands of scar tissue form and there’s less of a liquid called synovial fluid to keep the joint lubricated. These things limit motion even more.
The main symptoms of a frozen shoulder are pain and stiffness that make it difficult or impossible to move it.
If you have frozen shoulder, you’ll likely feel a dull or achy pain in one shoulder. You might also feel the pain in the shoulder muscles that wrap around the top of your arm. You might feel the same sensation in your upper arm. Your pain could get worse at night, which can make it hard to sleep.
Most patients go through different phases with a frozen shoulder. Each has its own unique symptoms and timeline.
- You develop a pain (sometimes severe) in your shoulder any time you move it.
- It slowly gets worse over time and may hurt more at night.
- This can last anywhere from 6 to 9 months.
- You’re limited in how far you can move your shoulder.
- Your pain might get somewhat better but your stiffness gets much worse.
- Moving your shoulder becomes more difficult and it becomes harder to get through daily activities, such as lifting things, putting on a coat or wiping yourself after going to the bathroom.
- This may last indefinitely.
A Non-Surgical Approach
FINALLY, A NON-SURGICAL APPROACH TO FROZEN SHOULDER AND OTHER SHOULDER PROBLEMS!
At Chronic Conditions Center, we do a detailed examination to determine whether you have frozen shoulder, a rotator cuff injury, arthritis, or some other type of shoulder problem. If we find that you are a candidate for care, we will recommend a care plan that best suits your particular needs.
Depending on the problem, shoulder treatments may include hands on therapy, home exercises, Cold laser, Pulsewave, PRP or tissue allograft treatments. All treatments are all natural and are designed to return the patient to as close to normal levels of function as possible.
To see if you might be a good candidate for one of our shoulder care plans, call 757-229-6069 today to schedule your FREE consultation.