As you get older, it’s common to get more aches and pains as the years go by. It’s a fact of ageing, even if it’s not something readily admitted! Niggly back pains, creaky joints,the list goes on and on. It may even be harder to do normal things like getting out the car, or even just bending over. Often we tend not to pay much attention to little aches and moments of discomfort, but ignoring it is a mistake. For they could be a sign that something isn’t quite right, and, let’s face it, but usually these things tend to get worse as we get older. Sometimes they do just go away by themselves, but it’s always worth getting it checked out before it has the chance to do any lasting damage.

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A common complaint of this nature is a Frozen Shoulder. While frozen shoulder is a general term for a few different conditions, the symptoms and treatment are much the same. A Frozen shoulder is caused by inflammation in the joint. This is most common after an injury, but can also be related to other health issues. Diabetes sufferers are often likely to fall victim to this debilitating ailment.

What are the signs I might have a problem?

Warning signs of a frozen shoulder vary. From pains and discomfort in the shoulder itself, a “tight” feeling is often reported. Pain in the arms and wrists are often another indicator that nerves are being stressed. The symptoms may seem to get worse over time, although the degree of pain can fluctuate.

How is a frozen shoulder treated?

The first line of therapy for a frozen shoulder is usually anti-inflammatory drugs. Meds can help reduce pressure and allows greater mobility. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications will also contribute to reducing pain. A frozen shoulder can be excruciating and trying to remain comfortable is very important!  

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a recommended way to help ease the symptoms of a frozen shoulder. Stretching exercise help alleviates the stiffness. Massage is an excellent way to help free up the affected joint. Using essential oils can help, too. Using thermal therapies like hot and cold packs can work to bring down the swelling.

Manipulation (MUA)

If a frozen shoulder doesn’t respond to exercise or anti-inflammatory drugs, there are other options. Manipulation of the joint is usually done under anaesthetic as the pain can be unbearable. Aligning the joints can bring relief almost straight away. This is commonly known as MUA (Manipulation Under Anaesthetic)

Acupuncture

Acupuncture has always been a staple of Chinese medicine, shown to be effective in treating many illnesses, aches and pains. Acupuncture is an alternative way to help solve the problem of a frozen shoulder. These days, many health practitioners are taking acupuncture courses to be able to offer this practice to their clients.

Surgery

Surgery is often the last resort when it comes to treatment for this common condition. Keyhole surgery is performed to release the tightness of the joint. A special probe using radiotherapy works to free the joint and cut through scar tissue. Surgery can help up to 80% of patients that have had to turn to surgery when nothing else has worked.

 

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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