What is Frozen Shoulder?
It is a condition characterised by pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. It is also known as adhesive capsulitis.
Can physiotherapy help people with frozen shoulder?
Yes. Physiotherapy for frozen shoulder can be an effective way to support and speed up recovery. A physiotherapist can assess your shoulder and use several methods to increase movement of your shoulder.
What causes frozen shoulder?
The exact cause is not fully understood, however, the following have been reported:
People with hormonal imbalance, diabetes, or a weakened immune system may be prone to joint inflammation that leads to frozen shoulder
A long period of inactivity due to an injury, illness, or surgery also makes you more vulnerable to inflammation, adhesions and scar tissue formation which leads to frozen shoulder
People with thyroid disorders are at risk of frozen shoulder
People between the ages of 40 and 60 are more likely to have frozen shoulder
Women are more likely than men in this age group to have frozen shoulder
How do I know if I have frozen shoulder?
You will experience the following symptoms which occur at the different stages of frozen shoulder:
Inability to lift your hand above your shoulder height
Inability to throw a ball
Inability to quickly reach for something
Inability to reach behind your back like tuck your shirt or hook a bra
Inability to reach your side and back like reaching for a seat belt
Inability to sleep on the affected side
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