What is it? Inflammation of the joint capsule that surrounds the shoulder joint. The inflamed tissue turns to scar tissue and causes adhesions which restrict movement.
What are the symptoms? Pain – often constant, even when at rest, with sharper pains on movement. The pain can be very severe, especially at first, and can interfere with sleep. Restricted movement – it can become very difficult to move the arm at the shoulder in lots of directions, particularly raising the arm up or outwards.
There are typically three stages to frozen shoulder
Stage 1 Freezing (can last 2-9 months)
Shoulder becomes very painful and movements become restricted. Can feel hot and inflamed. Pain can tend to feel worse at night.
Stage 2 Frozen (can last 4-12 months)
Shoulder becomes very stiff and immobile. Movements can become extremely restricted. Pain levels can start to decrease.
Stage 3 Thawing (can last 4-12 months)
During this stage the shoulder should begin to improve, pain will decrease and the shoulder will become more and more mobile.
The cause of frozen shoulder is unknown, it can just come on for apparently no reason, or it can follow an injury to the shoulder.
Frozen shoulder is most commonly seen in women over the age of 40, but it can effect both men and women at any age. Those with conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease are slightly more likely to be affected.
Hands on manual therapy and a good stretch regime can help reduce the pain of frozen shoulder, increase shoulder mobility and speed up recovery. So Osteopathy is a great treatment approach.
If you would like to chat about a shoulder condition, or come and see us to discuss your frozen shoulder, or any other condition, you can book in for a free 10 minute chat, or a full consultation and treatment session. Call the clinic on 07919163053 to speak to an expert or visit our website at www.so-osteopathsyarm.co.uk
Sorrel O’Malley is the principle Osteopath at Sorrel O’Malley Osteopaths in Yarm. She has been working as an Osteopath since 2010 after completing her 4 year BSChonsOstMed at the Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine.