Frozen shoulder, medically known as Adhesive Capsulitis, can be a very painful and debilitating injury.
Delays in diagnosis are common but they don’t need to be, a thorough assessment by your physio will confirm if this is what you are experiencing.
Frozen Shoulder presents as sharp pain on quick movements, losing range of motion in your shoulder, and inability to sleep regardless of position.
More research is required, but we know that recent trauma or surgery can be a trigger. Stressful events, anxiety and depression can also set off the condition, which explains why we have seen an increase in cases throughout the COVID pandemic!
Am I at risk
It usually occurs between the ages of 40-65. There are also strong links with thyroid conditions and diabetes.
The most common story is onset after reaching behind yourself, like trying to grab something behind you in a car. It is often fine at the time, with the shoulder pain starting later.
What can I do
Firstly get it checked by your Physio. There are a lot of other conditions that it can be which would change your treatment.
If it is frozen shoulder, 90% of people will recover without surgery, however it can take up to 2 years.
The Physiotherapists at Marna can help you reduce your pain through specific strength exercises and provide lots of reassurance and strategies to help you manage.
We can also talk to you about injection options that are appropriate in certain instances.
Knowledge is power, so chat to your physiotherapist today!