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What is frozen shoulder and what is the best treatment for frozen shoulder in London?

What is a frozen shoulder?

Another name is adhesive capsulitis, which implies the presence of the joint adhesions (scar tissue), that severely restricts a joint’s range of motion. If you have a sharp pain in your shoulder joint and are unable to lift your arm up side-wards or bringing your hand up behind your back, you are likely to suffer from frozen shoulder.

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Another name for frozen shoulder is adhesive capsulitis

This implies the presence of the joint adhesions (scar tissue), that severely restrict a joint’s range of motion. If you have a sharp pain in your shoulder joint and are unable to lift your arm up sidewards or bringing your hand up behind your back, you are likely to suffer from frozen shoulder. This is a very painful and debilitating condition which can last many months – even up to 3 years or more. The good news is that the pain is mainly only at the first stage, whereas after, you are left with the disability in moving your arm.

Frozen shoulder generally consists of three stages:

1st stage: The freezing stage. This is when the pain sets in and motion starts to become limited.

2nd stage: The frozen stage. The shoulder becomes stiffer and will be more difficult to move. 

3rd stage: The thawing stage. This is when the pain and stiffness begin to lessen.

The first step in diagnosing a frozen shoulder

This will include taking a medical history and a physical examination. A range of motion tests will be performed. The osteopath or physiotherapist in London will try to move the shoulder joint manually, and if that cannot be done, a diagnosis of a frozen shoulder is likely.

What is the best treatment for frozen shoulder in London?

An effective osteopathy or physiotherapy treatment program for frozen shoulder in London will address all the factors contributing to your condition. Physiotherapy or osteopathy adjustments, massage, exercise, acupuncture, or a combination of treatments may help.

Your osteopath or physiotherapist will use his or her hands to provide gentle joint mobilisation and adjustments. Massage is used to relieve muscle tension. Your osteopath or physiotherapist can teach you stretching and strengthening exercises.

Acupuncture has also been found to be effective in relieving pain in frozen shoulders.

Frozen shoulder exercises

If you have a frozen shoulder, it’s important to keep your shoulder joint mobile with regular, gentle stretching exercises, so as not to worsen the frozen shouler. Your exercises must not be painful to do and should be done on a daily basis.

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