Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder causes severe restriction of shoulder movement due to pain. The condition results from abnormal bands of tissue that form on the joint capsule, thereby restricting morion and producing  pain on movement. The fluid which usually serves to lubricate the joint space allowing smooth motion is often lacking in this condition., Idiopathic adhesive is more common in females and diabetics. Onset in the athlete may follow trauma to the shoulder.

Cause of injury

Scar tissue formation following shoulder injury. Formation of adhesions following shoulder surgery. Repeated tearing of soft tissue surrounding the glenohumeral joint.

Signs and symptoms

Dull, aching pain in the shoulder region, often worse at night. Restricted movement of the shoulder. Pain when moving the affected arm.

Complications if left unattended

Frozen shoulder has a tendency to worsen over time without adequate treatment and proper recovery period. Attempted athletic activity involving the affected shoulder will likely lead to further  adhesions of the joint, with further pain and restrictions of movement. Production of scar tissue may eventually require surgical removal.

Immediate treatment

Application of moist heat to the shoulder to loosen the affected joint. Muscle relaxants to relax shoulder muscles and arm.

Rehabilitation and prevention

Moist heat should be accompanied by stretching exercises to gradually restore mobility. Heat therapy should be combined with doctor-supervised physical therapy. Moving the shoulder though the full range of motion several times daily, as well as strength training exercises, may help avoid frozen shoulder. Injuries to the shoulder should be given prom medical attention to avoid formation of scar tissue where possible.

Long-term prognosis

The length of recovery time following frozen shoulder varies depending on the underlying cause as well as the age and health of the athlete and the history of shoulder injury. If the condition fails to improve after 4-6 months surgery may be required. Some lasting discomfort and impairment of movement is common with this injury.

Sports massage and Deep-tissue Massage for Frozen Shoulder 

Sports massage therapy is very beneficial in treating frozen shoulder as it increases the blood circulation to the injured region and also reduces the formation of scar tissue. Regular massage should be done to reduce the muscle stiffness and improve your range of motion. The pain and stiffness usually gets relieved after several massage treatments. You can check availability and book your appointment on line.



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