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What is Frozen Shoulder Physiotherapy and How it Works?

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What is Frozen Shoulder Physiotherapy and How it Works?

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion in the shoulder joint. It typically progresses through stages, starting with pain and stiffness, followed by a decrease in range of motion, and finally, gradual improvement. Physiotherapy plays a crucial role in managing frozen shoulder and restoring shoulder function.

How can physiotherapy help? 

Physiotherapists utilize a number of strategies to preserve and improve mobility, strength and function of the shoulder through stretching and resistance focused exercises.. Additionally, physiotherapists can offer advice on pain relief modalities such as heat or ice therapy, as well as over the counter medications. NHS

Signs and symptoms of Frozen Shoulder

Common signs and symptoms of frozen shoulder include shoulder pain, stiffness, and difficulty performing daily activities such as reaching overhead or behind the back. Individuals may also experience pain that worsens at night, making it difficult to sleep on the affected side.

When to seek urgent medical attention

While a frozen shoulder typically improves with time and physiotherapy, it's essential to seek urgent medical attention if you experience sudden and severe shoulder pain that has a significant impact on activities of daily living.

Myth Buster

One common myth about frozen shoulder is that it only affects older adults. While it's more prevalent in individuals aged 40 to 60, frozen shoulder can occur in people of any age, including younger adults. Additionally, it's important to debunk the misconception that rest is the best treatment for frozen shoulder. In reality, gentle movement and targeted exercises prescribed by a physiotherapist are crucial for managing and improving the condition.

Self management strategies

In addition to attending physiotherapy sessions, self-management strategies are essential for managing frozen shoulder. These may include performing prescribed exercises at home, activity modification to mitigate symptom exacerbation, and using pain relief modalities including over the counter painkillers, heat or ice therapy.

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eMed Physiotherapy offers convenient online consultations with experienced physiotherapists, allowing you to receive personalized treatment and guidance from the comfort of your own home. Additionally, your physiotherapist will provide signposting and safety netting advice, ensuring you know when to seek further medical attention if necessary.

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In conclusion, physiotherapy is a cornerstone in the management of frozen shoulder, offering a range of interventions to alleviate pain, improve mobility, and restore function. By seeking timely physiotherapy input and adopting self-management strategies, individuals with frozen shoulder can experience significant relief and regain control over their shoulder health and well-being.

Read more: Physiotherapists: Your partners in restoring movement and function


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The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Seek the advice of a doctor with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never delay seeking or disregard professional medical advice because of something you have read here.

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