is the common name for adhesive capsulitis, which is a shoulder condition that limits your range of motion. When the tissues in your shoulder joint become thicker and tighter, scar tissue develops over time. As a result, your shoulder joint doesn’t have enough space to rotate properly. Common symptoms include swelling
, and stiffness. You’re more likely to have the condition if you’re between the ages of 40 and 60.
Symptoms you become aware of a frozen shoulder when it begins to hurt. The pain then causes you to limit your movement. Moving the shoulder less and less increases its stiffness. Before long, you find that you can’t move your shoulder as you once did. Reaching for an item on a high shelf becomes difficult, if not impossible. When it’s severe, you might not be able to do everyday tasks that involve shoulder movement such as dressing.
Physical therapyphysical therapy is the most common treatment for a frozen shoulder. The goal is to stretch your shoulder joint and regain the lost motion. It can take anywhere from a few weeks to nine months to see progress. A home exercise program of gentle range of motion exercises is important. If you don't see progress after six months of intense, daily exercises, speak to your doctor about other options.
Medicationsto treat the pain and reduce your joint inflammation
, your doctor may recommend an anti- inflammatory medication like aspirin
, or naproxen sodium
. A steroid injection you’re your shoulder joint may also help.
Home careplacing an ice pack on your shoulder for 15 minutes at a time several times per day can help to decrease pain. If you’re working with a physical therapist, the exercises can be done at home. Your physical therapist will provide instructions on the types of exercises you must do, how often to do them, and when to push yourself harder. Most people with a frozen shoulder can improve their condition without surgery.
Shoulder exercises and stretchesregular exercises and stretches can keep your shoulder strong and flexible. A few things to remember before swinging in to exercises:
•stop any exercise if you have more shoulder pain
. It may be too soon for you to try.
•watch your form. Exercising incorrectly can also cause or worsen shoulder problems.
•warm up, even before deep stretching. Light shoulder rolls, gentle movements, or even a warm shower are all ways to warm up your muscles before exercise and stretching.
Pendulum stretch for range of motion•stand and bend at the waist.
•let your arm on the injured side hang straight down.
•keep your neck relaxed.
•move your arm in a circle up to 20 times.
•do once or more times in a day.
Overhead shoulder stretch•sit or stand to do this shoulder stretch.
•intertwine your fingers in front of you.
•bend your elbows and raise your arms above your head. You can also place your hands on your head or behind it.
•gently squeeze your shoulder blades together to move your elbows back.
•continue for up to 20 repetitions. Repeat 5 to 10 times a day.