Treating Adhesive Capsulitis/Frozen Shoulder/Locked Shoulder
If you have a frozen shoulder, it's very important to heal it quickly and completely. Minimizing the healing time should be an obvious goal, as a chronic frozen shoulder will limit your ability to go about your daily routine for a long period of time. A seemingly small build up of trigger points in your shoulder muscles not properly cared for can lead to a chronic painful frozen shoulder injury that can persist for months or even years once adhesions begin to build.
What Our Customers Have Used to Successfully Treat Their Frozen Shoulder Injury:
- A Cold Compress or Ice Pack to reduce inflammation of the muscle tissue (as soon as possible).
- A Deep Tissue Therapeutic T•Shellz Wrap® to increase Bloodflow to the injured soft tissue (STR Therapy Therapy) and increase the ability of these muscles to extend without tearing.
These two tools are very effective for achieving highly effective results. These are the tools that physical therapists and physicians recommend to accelerate healing of muscle strains, trigger points and muscle atrophy every single day. And with our FDA Registered products, you can treat yourself at home. In fact, if you want to heal properly you have to treat yourself because you need to treat your frozen shoulder injury every single day.
If you have Trigger Points in your Shoulder Muscles, it's important to heal it quickly and completely. If you don't, it can easily lead to chronic frozen shoulder and may plague you for years.
The more inflexible your shoulder joint becomes, the more likely your joint will wind up permanently worsened due to chronic pain and increased adhesions in the joint. Adhesions means that your shoulder joint will not perform as well as it once did and it makes it much more prone to injury later on (long term pain is a common issue with frozen shoulder oftentimes even after surgical intervention). This is why it is massively important to deal with this injury properly right from the start. Heal it completely and fast to avoid a chronic injury.
What Exactly is Frozen Shoulder?
Frozen Shoulder is the catastrophe that often happens after a shoulder impingement injury is left untreated. True frozen shoulder requires a physician to diagnose, and there are three major signs* for diagnosing this condition:
- Insidious shoulder stiffness
- Severe pain, even at night
- Nearly a complete loss of passive and active external rotation of the shoulder
Frozen Shoulder is the one more misunderstood musculoskeletal conditions. The common belief is that Frozen Shoulder is idiopathic in nature (meaning, it does have a true cause). While this may be true to a certain extent, there are a number of risk factors for developing the condition that people need to be aware of.
- Have you re-injured your shoulder by returning to work too quickly?
- How many times in the past have you aggravated your shoulder just trying to perform basic tasks around the home?
- Is your debilitated shoulder preventing you from work or activities you love to do?
Most people we deal with tell us these scenarios have happened to them many times in the past. The real challenge is how do you promote blood flow to the shoulder injury site without causing further injury? This goal is further complicated by the fact the shoulder (and muscles controlling the shoulder joint) are involved in the majority of the physical movements we perform each day.
An injury to one shoulder muscle can easily lead to straining in other areas, making an overall recovery hard to initiate. For example, a serious muscle strain in the right rotator cuff can often lead to overstraining of the left rotator cuff. Most commonly, the injury occurs on the dominant side, so the risk of straining the other (weaker) side increases. The longer the injury (and corresponding pain) persists, the greater the chance that you will sustain more strain from overcompensation, eventually leading to issues in those areas as well. To minimize potential secondary injuries, know that it is important to deal with your muscle injury quickly and completely.
If you exhibit any of these Frozen Shoulder risk factors, then you need to increase your awareness of the condition and more importantly, take early steps to help prevent the condition from developing.
Risk Factors for Developing Frozen Shoulder
Approximately 20% of diabetics will develop one or more Frozen Shoulders during their lifetime. This compares to only 2% of the non-diabetic general population according to the American Academy of Orthopedic surgeons. A ten times greater risk factor is truly significant.
While researchers are still trying to determine exactly why diabetics are prone to Frozen Shoulder, there are some theories with scientific backing that help to make the determination.
One theory involves the metabolism of glucose and its affect on collagen. First of all, collagen is one of the main building blocks of soft tissue such as ligaments and tendons. The ligaments stabilize the joint by holding the bones in place while tendons connect the muscles to the bone, allowing for proper muscle function and also greater stability of the joint.
As we know, diabetics are unable to properly metabolize glucose. A simple sugar that provides fuel for all cells in the body, glucose is critical for numerous metabolic functions.
In diabetics, it has been shown that glucose will attach itself to collagen tissue, in particular within the shoulder. While not fully understood why the shoulder is targeted, it does happen and the abnormal build-up of glucose on the collagen causes the shoulder to stiffen.
In a healthy body, collagen fibers normally move in concert with one another during movement of the muscle. In the case of diabetics, glucose binds the collagen fibers together (almost like a glue substance) and this limits the extensibility of the fiber.
This phenomenon is known as Glycosylation. The immobilization of the collagen fibers causes the shoulder to freeze and limit functional ability of the shoulder overall.
Age & Gender
Frozen Shoulder predominantly affects middle aged women between the ages of 40 and 60.
Trauma to Shoulder or Arm
Individuals who sustain a traumatic shoulder injury or undergo shoulder surgery are at risk for developing frozen shoulder.
Following these scenarios, the shoulder joint will be immobilized for a number of weeks. During this time, the body naturally makes an attempt to begin healing itself by producing a weak form of collagen (scar tissue) to help fuse the torn/cut tissue and to lay in place the foundation to heal.
Problems arise when the injured tissue (through immobilization) fails to receive the enhanced blood flow it needs to properly regenerate new, healthy tissue. As a result, the scar tissue continues to build to unprecedented levels.
Eventually, the accumulation of scar tissue will bond to healthy tissue within the joint capsule - and such bonds further restrict movement of the shoulder.
AutoImmune Disorders & Thyroid Issues
Hyperthyroid patients and those dealing with autoimmune disorders produce excess amounts of cytokines (chemical messengers) along with excess fibrous connective tissue - two factors that could lead to the development of Frozen Shoulder.
Cytokines play a pivotal role in the generation and management of immune and inflammatory responses. When produced in excess amounts, the body (and specifically, the immune system) are thrown into chaos.
What results is an abnormal immune response of the body against cells and tissues found throughout the body, including the shoulder. In essence, the immune system can not differentiate between normal and abnormal substances and sets itself on a course of self-destruction. Over time, the shoulder joint capsule can slowly weaken and break down, leading to stiffness and general weakness of the shoulder.
What is interesting is that one portion of the immune system is attacking the body while other segments of the immune system will attempt to heal the damage that is being done. The end result is an excess build-up of fibrous tissue that once again - bonds to healthy tissue and causes loss in range of motion - the Frozen Shoulder so to speak.
As mentioned in the homepage, hyperthyroid suffers produce an excess amount of a hormone critical in the metabolic function of the body. When excess amounts of this hormone is produced, the body is unable to properly metabolize it and an autoimmune response ensues (inflammation and breakdown of healthy tissue).
On the other end of the spectrum, there is a segment of Frozen Shoulder sufferers who are hypothyroid - meaning their bodies do not produce enough of the hormone.
Hypothyroidism results from the thyroid gland being unable to make enough hormones, which causes many of the body's functions to slow down. Included is the ability of the body to remodel damaged muscle and connective tissue. The body lacks the fuel it needs to heal - resulting in a long recovery process, especially in the case of Frozen Shoulder.
These potential risk factors should be looked at immediately, no matter what stage of Frozen Shoulder you are in.
You need to strongly recognize that if left untreated or improperly treated, frozen shoulder will typically last about 24 months. You will suffer through three distinct phases (sometimes called "3 stages of frozen shoulder").
If certain simple measures are taken, recovery can be accelerated. * Nearly all patients recover from frozen shoulder, but many often recover with a permanently reduced Range of Motion (ROM).
* Dias R, Cutts S, Massoud S. Frozen shoulder. BMJ?: British Medical Journal. 2005;331(7530):1453-1456.
3 Stages of Frozen Shoulder
It is important to know the stage you are currently in, as there are contraindications dependent on each stage. Many people ask of us: "How Long Does Frozen Shoulder Last"? The answer is that it is different for everyone but it can often take up to two years to resolve. If certain measures are taken (as described further down the page), recovery can be accelerated. Nearly all patient recover from Frozen Shoulder, but many often recover with permanently reduced Range of Motion. Don't let this happen to you. The 3 phases of Frozen Shoulder are as follows:
- Freezing Stage - Significant Pain, Inflammation in the Joint Capsule, Reduced Range of Motion
Pain and stiffness build around the shoulder with nagging constant pain that worsens at night. Even though you take NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), they don't make any difference (as they do not address what is happening - a breakdown of tissue within the joint capsule and gradual build-up of scar tissue). This stage will last between 3 and 8 months.
- Frozen Stage - Scar Tissue is Very Significant and Range of Motion is Quite Limited. Movements are Painful to Attempt
In this stage, the pain has decreased but the stiffness does not go away. In fact, constriction in the shoulder increases greatly. Pain flares up when you move your arm near the extremes. External rotation ability is severely compromised. This stage will last between 4 months and 1 year.
- Thawing Stage - You Finally Begin to Regain Range of Motion Long Term
Assuming you have been focusing on treatments designed to address the source of Frozen Shoulder, you will eventually begin to "thaw" your Frozen Shoulder. Slowly but gradually, movement in the shoulder will return with a decrease in pain when utilizing movements. The stage will last from 4 months to 1 or more years
So many of our clients have achieved their goal of overcoming their frozen shoulder condition so quickly that it often even surprises us! The biggest key to their success is understanding their frozen shoulder disease (this includes getting a proper diagnosis, as misdiagnosis is common for the shoulder), learning what activities they should be undertaking, what activities they should be avoiding, and what treatment combinations they should be using.
Before YOU decide on a treatment path, an understanding on the three major stages of the healing process is critical. With the right knowledge and the right treatment options, you can accelerate your shoulder recovery without the fear of re-injury or setbacks (which unfortunately, happens to many people - we will explain why further down the page).
Steps for Treating Frozen Shoulder
Step 1: Reduce Pain & Inflammation
Inflammation is the body's natural response to a ligament, tendon, muscle (or ANY soft tissue) injury and is a normal part of the healing process - helping to reduce tissue infection in the early stages of injury. Swelling, pain, heat sensation, redness, and loss of function are the main symptoms experienced.
The combination of cold therapy and static compression is the gold standard in medicine for minimizing tissue damage and reducing inflammation in the acute stage of injury or activity. It serves as a critical bridge into next phase of the healing process.
Step 2: Enhance Blood Flow to the Shoulder Joint Capsule
Ligaments and tendons are considered dense soft tissue. As a result, they naturally receive quite limited blood flow and this is precisely why injuries to these tissues take so long to heal. The challenge is, how do you effectively increase blood flow to soft tissue?
- Rigorous exercise is out of the question as it will lead to further injury.
- Therapy & Massage can be helpful (depending on the injury), but only happen a few times a week at best. For frozen shoulder cases, better results were found with exercise than with intensive physiotherapy. link
It is through the blood the body carries the nutrients, oxygen, and antibodies the injured tissues need to repair and rebuild. Research shows that electromagnetic energy is a very effective treatment for stimulating blood flow to dense tissues such as tendons, ligaments, muscles, and even cartilage. This dramatically improves the healing process.
The end result; you relax the blood vessels within the injured tissues and surrounding areas. The vessels will naturally expand and allow for more blood flow to reach the very tissues you are trying to heal. In addition, this process will help clear the area of toxins and excess fluid build up, thereby reducing inflammation.
Step 3: Recognize That Healing is a Process
With dedication, the right tools, and the right information - you will achieve your goal of a sustainable recovery while minimizing scar tissue growth and maximizing your range of motion. When it comes to frozen shoulder, our goal is to do everything we can to get rid of your condition as soon as possible while winding up with no loss of Range of Motion (ROM); remember that permanent loss of ROM is a common issue with frozen shoulder sufferers even after their frozen shoulder has completely healed. A combination approach of cold compression therapy, electro-magnetic therapy, stretches and proper support will give you the best chance of recovering fast, fully and without ROM loss. True, effective healing will differ from person to person, but we have witnessed that best results come from those that take a comprehensive, dedicated approach.
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