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What Is Frozen Shoulder?

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

Frozen shoulder is a disorder that affects people with persistent shoulder stiffness and it may cause pain for several weeks. It most often occurs when inflammation on the shoulder increases because of shoulder immobility or difficulty in normally flexing and stretching the shoulder.

If left unchecked, frozen shoulder may last long for a year, making it difficult to sleep properly, exercise, or engage in other typical daily activities without pain. The longer the shoulder pain continues, the more your mobility is restricted. In the long term, this serves to aggravate frozen shoulder pain.

Frozen shoulder may be treated early with tailored shoulder exercises and stretches. Natural anti-inflammatory treatments may help manage symptoms and prevent stiffness from increasing. Doing shoulder stretching and exercises may play a big role in treating a frozen shoulder.

Frozen shoulder is common in older adults, including those with medical disorders linked to high inflammation levels, such as thyroid or diabetes conditions, therefore managing these diseases through healthy living may help reduce the chance of injury and complications.

Seeing a chiropractor may give positive results. The chiropractor may suggest some relaxing techniques and shoulder stretching exercises to relieve pain.

Causes

Frozen shoulder disorder is a frequent occurrence in a person who is recuperating from an injury. When a person is wearing a cast or sling, recovering from surgery, dealing with arthritis, or having a restricted movement, such as leading a sedentary lifestyle, a frozen shoulder may develop.

According to a study, between 2 and 5 percent of the adults in America suffer from frozen shoulder during their lifetime. Frozen shoulder usually develops in phases, with continuous joint or muscle pain and stiffness lasting many months.

Applying Heat and Stretching the Shoulder May Help

Warm up the shoulder before beginning shoulder exercises to increase blood flow to the afflicted region and avoid additional damage. For frozen shoulder treatment, patience is important, so allow yourself plenty of time to recover and proceed gently. The objective is to get the shoulder mobility in a gentle, safe, and gradual manner, but this may take weeks or months.

Applying heat for 10-15 minutes, having a bath with warm water, and gently moving the shoulder in tiny circular motions if feasible are some of the most efficient methods to warm up and stretch the shoulder. You may use a professional heating pad or make your own heat pack.

Stretching Exercise

Chiropractors may suggest that to do some shoulder or arm exercises after relaxing and warming up the shoulder. Move and stretch the shoulder to the point where it feels somewhat tense, but stop if you feel severe pain. Work on increasing mobility and flexibility for the first several weeks, and then add resistance to build shoulder strength.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spring, Tex.

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