Surrey Osteopaths for Frozen Shoulder
Frozen Shoulder (Primary Shoulder Adhesive Capsulitis or pSAC) can occur without any specific causes. According to the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, this is defined as a condition caused by active and passive shoulder motion restriction.
The inflammation and thickening around the shoulder joint also restrict the movement and pain in the shoulder region. This inflammation and thickening can affect the shoulder capsule, the joint capsule or the rotator cuff. It can make your shoulder quite painful and stiff, which makes it difficult to move your shoulder. Potentially, in some cases, physical therapy such as stretching exercises and shoulder manipulation will suffice to reduce your shoulder pain and prevent it from escalating before you need to consider an orthopaedic surgeon.
Our osteopathy treatment can help treat your frozen shoulder with our initial assessment and treatment procedures after diagnosing frozen shoulder based on the disease’s various clinical features. Following are the four clinical stages of frozen shoulder:
- Painful Stage: You may suffer aching pain and moderate restriction in the range of motion.
- Freezing Stage: You may suffer severe pain and a high reduction of the range of motion.
- Frozen Stage: You may suffer predominant stiffness with severe pain.
- Thawing Stage: You may suffer a minimal amount of pain and gradual improvement in the range of motion.
There is no perfect treatment for a frozen shoulder; there are many conservative treatments and invasive procedures. Frozen Shoulder is quite common in diabetic patients as well.
2% of the general population experience Frozen Shoulder. But for diabetes patients, there is a higher chance of occurrence (about 10 to 20%).
Let’s find out different approaches to treat frozen shoulders.
Approaches to Treat Frozen Shoulder
We here at Arc Osteopathy provide the right osteopathic treatment for your frozen shoulder. Our osteopaths will analyse your structure and your lifestyle and apply direct or indirect treatment techniques.
Our osteopaths may suggest dry needling. It is a trigger point technique often used by physical therapists and osteopaths to reduce pain and improve the range of motion. Dry needling is quite similar to Acupuncture.
Shoulder Exercises for Frozen Shoulder
Apart from these treatments and approaches, you can also perform the exercises below to increase the chances of recovery.
To perform the pendulum exercise, follow these steps –
- Lean over by holding onto a chair or table.
- Let your arms hang down by the side and swing them gently in circles.
- Use the momentum and gravity to move your arm and rotate anti-clockwise and clockwise.
- Using your good arm, lift the painful arm.
- Raise your arm slowly with the support of the good arm, and do not raise it above the head.
- If you experience any pain, stop lifting and slowly lower the arm.
You can place an ice bag or pack of frozen peas on the tip of your shoulder. Repeat this for 5-10 minutes, three times per day.
Other treatment options that your Osteopath can refer you to your GP for can include Corticosteroid Injections, Hydro-dilation, Manipulation under Anesthesia or Arthroscopic Capsular release.
At Arc osteopathy, your first appointment will be to establish the cause of your pain and stiffness through a consultation and examination. We then provide a treatment and rehab program for you.
Below you’ll find an example of a Shoulder test. Our patients are given access to our patient video library with specific exercises videos to aid their recovery.
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We all know frozen shoulder can be a very disabling disease, and we here at Arc Osteopathy can diagnose and treat it. We use the best osteopathic practices to help relieve you of pain and improve the functioning of your shoulder. Contact our Osteopath Croydon clinic or the Carshalton Beeches Osteopathy clinic today for a consultation!
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