20th March, 2017
Have you been diagnosed with frozen shoulder? You might want to take this diagnosis with a pinch of salt.
Frozen shoulder is commonly used as a generic diagnosis for any type of stiff or painful shoulder but it’s actually a medical term for restricted movement that’s specifically due to involvement of the capsule that surrounds the ball and socket of the shoulder joint.
A thorough physical examination is needed to rule out all other types of shoulder condition before a diagnosis of frozen shoulder can be made and an x-ray is unlikely to show anything wrong.
If you do have a true frozen shoulder you are likely to be experiencing pain around this the shoulder joint and your movements may be becoming gradually more restricted. It may also be very painful if you try to sleep on your affected shoulder.
First aid for a frozen shoulder
Lean forwards and lean on a support with your good side. ‘Dangle’ your affected arm and try to relax the muscles around your shoulder. Move your body to swing your arm like a pendulum in circles, forwards and backwards and across your body.
Assisted shoulder stretch
Keep your arm bent at the elbow, take hold of your elbow with your unaffected side and gently help to lift your arm upwards. Hold into a gentle stretch for 5 seconds then return. Repeat 5 times.
Bend your elbows and move your hands out to the sides keeping your elbows in contact with your ribs. Repeat 10 times.
About 60% of people who have recovered from a frozen shoulder will lack a small amount of movement on the affected side. However, this usually isn’t a problem and the majority of people find that they don’t need the perfect range to achieve everything they want to be doing.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions,
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