If you are worried about losing shoulder range for daily activities, here are tips for at-home care that you can do to help find Frozen Shoulder pain relief.
Frozen shoulder is also known as adhesive capsulitis: a condition in which the one has following symptoms:
- Shoulder stiffness
- Shoulder pain in all directions
- Reduced mobility
- Difficulty for lying on it
When your shoulder freezes due to injury or trauma, it is considered a secondary frozen shoulder. It occurs due to not moving the arm for long time and keeping it in a brace after injury.
In a second type of frozen shoulder, the connective tissue surrounding the joint becomes inflamed, scarred, and tight, which contributes to a loss of mobility to the shoulder joint. There are four stages of frozen shoulder with symptoms of pain, stiffness, and decreased daily function.
- Inflammation: lasts 6-10 weeks
- Freezing: lasts for 6 months with increased pain
- Frozen: lasts 4-6 months with decreasing pain but stiffness continues
- Thawing: lasts 6 month – 2 years
Activities that are difficult to perform with Frozen shoulder are:
- Lifting or carrying a bag
- Reaching behind the back or to back pocket or to high shelf
- Putting on a shirt
- Sleeping on your side
Now there is a natural way for frozen shoulder pain relief. Physical therapy plays important role in teaching you to manage pain. A Physical therapist guides you on the best ways to complete tasks with the shoulder motion that you have. Simple stretching exercises for the shoulder and hot packs at home helps to manage shoulder pain. It also helps to improve joint mobility. Continuing stretching exercises provided by your physical therapist assists you to manage Frozen shoulder pain naturally without medications or injections.
It is important to remember a few things when performing stretching at home for your frozen shoulder pain relief. First, warm up your shoulder before performing your frozen shoulder exercises. The best way to do that is to take a warm shower or bath, or use a hot pack for 10 to 15 minutes. Remember to stretch to the point of tension but not pain while performing the frozen shoulder exercises.
If the pain is not managed by stretches at home and your shoulder mobility impacts your daily activities, then seeing a physical therapist can make a difference. Physical therapists use a combination of manual therapy, stretching exercises and home exercise programs to treat Frozen shoulder. Learn here how can physical therapist help you manage pain and increase mobility to perform daily activities with frozen shoulder.
Here are some Frozen shoulder stretching exercises you can perform at home to relive pain and improve shoulder mobility.
About Potential Physical Therapy:
Our physical therapist designs a personalized exercise program according to your individual needs. We use an evidence-based approach to educate and treat you that speeds up your recovery. We teach proper form of exercises and home exercise programs for faster recovery. In most cases, physical therapy will be enough to recover from Frozen shoulder.