Frozen Shoulder

Known as adhesive capsulitis, Frozen shoulder is a condition that causes restriction of motion in the shoulder joint.  Usually people in their 50’s are more likely to get Frozen Shoulder but recently doctors are reporting more cases among people in their 20’s and 30’s.

The thawing stage for a frozen shoulder usually takes around 1 year or longer.  After the first couple of months the pain should go away but there will be only a limited amount of motion in the shoulder.  The treatments for frozen shoulder include heat therapy, massaging and limited exercise.

Symptoms (3 stages of frozen shoulder)

  1. “Freezing Stage”, pain with any movement of shoulder. Limited shoulder movement allowed.
  2. “Frozen Stage”, pain can diminish a little bit. Movement in shoulder becomes even more limited.
  3. “Thawing Stage”, pain is disappearing. The shoulder is starting to return back to normal

Treatments

  • Exercise (physical therapy)
  • Keeping the shoulder warm, heat must be generated in the shoulder area to loosen up the muscles and joints.

Acupuncture has been used effectively in some people with frozen shoulder to provide pain relief. This medical treatment, originally developed in China, has been in use for more than 2,500 years.

Acupuncture involves inserting extremely fine needles in your skin to stimulate specific points that allow the free flow of energy in your body. Depending on the problem being treated and the type of acupuncture, a practitioner may use a number of needles or just a few. Typically, the needles remain in place for 15 to 40 minutes. During that time they may be moved or manipulated. Because the needles are hair thin and flexible and are generally inserted superficially, most acupuncture treatments are relatively painless.