Is Your Shoulder Pain Due To Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen Shoulder or peri-arthritis, can be a frightening experience for some, as it not only causes pain but can restrict the functional use of your hands.

It may become difficult to perform a simple task such as grooming or carrying your bag. Females, may find it challenging to wear their clothes as taking hand backward causes a sharp pain along with stiffness. Men on the other hand also have problems with wearing shirts, putting on belts, reaching back pocket for keeping or removing their wallet.

A single specific test does not conclude the diagnosis of Frozen Shoulder however the condition can be concluded by a series of observation and examination.

There are easy methods to know if your painful shoulder is prone to having periarthritis.

Check for the range of motion and scapular dyskinesia, hard as it sounds, it is just checking for the quantity and quality of shoulder movements.

* In standing position, raise both your hands in front of a mirror or under someone’s observation. If you are prone to frozen shoulder, your painful arm may only raise smoothly till your waist or chest level, and shoulder blade will elevate unnaturally. Gradually lower your arm, and relax for a while.

* Next, gently lift your arm out to the side, again looking for quality and range of motion. If your shoulder can move smoothly only till chest level and that too with pain, then there are high chances of having a frozen shoulder.

* For the next step, stand with both hands at the side. Elbows have to be bent 90 degrees and try rotating your shoulders.  In frozen shoulder, this rotation is restricted due to pain and stiffness.

* If you have completed these tests, and have experienced pain and stiffness with these simple movements you might have a frozen shoulder.

It is best to call your physiotherapist for a detailed assessment and plan a rehabilitation according to your schedule and activities.

A frozen shoulder generally progresses from the freezing stage (when the pain and restriction of motion have just started) to the frozen stage and finally to the thawing stage (when the shoulder is starting to loosen up).

By seeking early treatment, you may be able to decrease the severity and duration of the condition.

Recent pieces of evidence have shown a positive effect of physiotherapy on functional activities.

Physiotherapy treatment generally involves modalities for pain relief and some skilful physiotherapists also use manual therapy, dry needling, cupping and other means which not only reduce pain but also help with carrying out routine tasks easily. Stretching, strengthening, posture correction, scapular stability exercises are incorporated according to individual requirement.

This condition can have its own share of annoying and stressful experiences with daily work getting hindered, but a little advice and regular rehabilitation regime may drastically reduce its negative impact not only physically but also psychologically.

Come let’s get rid of that pain!