Frozen shoulder is a condition that is also referred to as “adhesive capsulitis”, which is the precise medical term for the condition. The condition of the frozen shoulder has various effects including severe shoulder pain, inflammation and stiffness of the shoulder capsule and reduced strength of the rotator cuff muscles.
The 3 Stages of Frozen Shoulder:
- Freezing – It is the first phase in which there is the introduction of an aching pain in and around the shoulder. This pain is followed by the condition of a reduction in the range of movement of the arm. This phase is also referred to as the RED phase that represents the colour of the capsule for arthroscopic surgery.
- Frozen – It is the second phase in which the pain during rest has reduced, but the motion is now restricted in all planes. Pain at night comes as a common complaint in this phase. This phase is referred to as the Pink phase, which represents the capsule colour if arthroscopic surgery is opted.
- Thawing – It is the third and final phase in which there is a slow recovery of the range of motion. This recovery phase can be energised by a good physiotherapy treatment that involves specific shoulder exercises. This phase is often referred to as the White phase, representing the colour of the capsule in the case of arthroscopic surgery.
Why choose us?
In the condition of frozen shoulder, physiotherapy shows up as a boon and is essential for long-term relief. We here at Physiosolution have trained professional physiotherapists who excel in tracking down the exact position and the cause of the pain. He analyses the loss of range in the different motions including the lateral rotation, flexion and internal rotation. Our physiotherapists teach various exercises that could reduce the pain and help in regaining the shoulder cuff strength. The patient in the thawing phase is taught some strength regaining exercises along with fast recovery exercises.
Aims of our Physiotherapy treatment:
The physiotherapy treatment employed for a shoulder pain is aimed at-
- Reducing the shoulder pain
- Increasing extensibility of the contracted and swollen capsule that meets the joint at anteroinferior border
- To regain back the range of mobility
- To restore the muscle strength
The main therapeutic methods we employ:
- Related Exercises- The exercises for the frozen shoulder are to be planned with care keeping in mind the prevention of the plastic elongation of contracted soft tissues by repeated mild tension.
- Movement regaining exercises- These include specially designed exercises that provide the maximum number of combination of essential movements with the minimum workout. These movements include shoulder elevation with external rotation and flexion and internal rotation with adduction, extension and elbow flexion.
- Self-assisted stretching exercises- These include some gentle arm movements for stretching the frozen shoulder.
- Supportive and weight assisted exercises- this exercise includes the addition of a support and tolerable weight and helps in gaining back the shoulder strength. These exercises are performed in a sitting position.
- Heat modality – This therapy is used to facilitate the process of relaxation and mobilization. This involves the application of heat at the affected shoulder joint. The ultrasound therapy also comes up as an effective treatment for the relaxation process.
- Acupuncture and dry needling in assistance with relaxed passive mobilization – This uses the acupuncture therapy to restore back the strength along with a proper physiotherapy treatment to gain in the range of movement.