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Frozen Shoulder


Many adults between the ages of 40 and 60 years of age develop shoulder pain and stiffness and this will limit the shoulder’s ability to move.

Symptoms of frozen shoulder

The symptoms of frozen shoulder are shoulder pain and stiffness, resulting in a reduced range of shoulder motion. The tightness in the shoulder can make it difficult to do regular activities like getting dressed, combing your hair, or reaching across a table.

What are the cause and risk factors of frozen shoulder?

Aging- Majority of people has this condition is due to aging that causes joint capsule stick together.

Preexisting condition- Some people has preexisting conditions such as diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, and autoimmune diseases are also at an increased risk for this condition.

Injuries of shoulders- Pain and stiffness may begin after a shoulder injury, fracture, or surgery. It can also start if the shoulder is not being used normally.

Frozen Shoulder

How does physiotherapy treatment help with my frozen shoulder?

When you begin your treatment, our physiotherapist a will give you tips on how to do your activities without putting extra strain on your shoulder.

On a first session, we may apply ice, and electrical stimulation to ease pain and improve healing of the tendon. Our therapy sessions will also apply electrical current, ultrasound, shock wave will help to reduce inflammation and restore range of motion. Our physiotherapist will also instruct you in exercises used to gradually stretch and strengthen the back and shoulder muscles.

When symptoms come from a particular sport or work activity, our physiotherapist will observe your style and motion with the activity. We may provide tips about how to perform the movement so your shoulder is protected. The goal of your treatment is to decrease inflammation and restore the range of motion of the shoulder as soon as possible.

Exercise for frozen shoulder

Exercise for frozen shoulder 1 :Finger walk

  1. Face a wall three-quarters of an arm’s length away. Reach out and touch the wall at waist level with the fingertips of the affected arm.
  2. With your elbow slightly bent, slowly walk your fingers up the wall, spider-like, until you’ve raised your arm as far as you comfortably can. Your fingers should be doing the work, not your shoulder muscles.
  3. Slowly lower the arm (with the help of the good arm, if necessary) and repeat. Perform this exercise 10 to 20 times a day.

Exercise for frozen shoulder 2 : Cross body reach

  1. Sit or stand. Use your good arm to lift your affected arm at the elbow, and bring it up and across your body, exerting gentle pressure to stretch the shoulder.
  2. Hold the stretch for 15 to 20 seconds. Do this 10 to 20 times per day.

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