About 6 million people in the U.S. seek medical care each year for shoulder problems.
Previous shoulder injuries that haven't completely healed including buritis, tendonitis and rotator cuff injuries can lead to a frozen shoulder injury.
A healthy shoulder is the most versatile joint in the human body. It has a wider "range of motion," which means it can move more freely, and in more directions, than any other joint.
Many suffers of frozen shoulder people experience worse pain at night which can easily disrupt normal sleep patterns.
Frozen Shoulder will typically disappear over time without surgery, but this may take up to two years.
Stages of Frozen Shoulder:
Freezing/Pain Stage (6 weeks to 9 months): the patient experiences a gradual onset of pain. As the pain worsens, mobility of the shoulder joint decreases.
Adhesive Stage (4 to 9 months): the pain gradually lessens although the shoulder stiffness remains.
Recovery Stage (4 to 9 months): little pain experience in this final stage, as the mobility of the shoulder returns to nearly normal. It is typical for a recovered patient to regain about 90% of the range of motion they had before the injury.
If conservative treatments fail, your physician may manipulate the joint (while patient is under general anesthesia) to break up the adhesions (scar tissue). Surgery (capsular release) may be used as an option in prolonged and severe cases as well.
What Are Trigger Points?
Trigger points cause pain more often than any other condition, are drastically under-diagnosed due to lack of information. Trigger points are specific, hyperirritable and hypersensitive areas in muscle that suffer from decreased circulation, increased contraction and spasm. Lack of circulation creates a high anomaly of toxins and increased nerve sensitivity that can range from low ache to sharp pain. Now just because the trigger point causes the pain does not mean that the spot is painful itself. When the pain causing spot is painful it is called a primary trigger point. However, pain can also manifest itself in areas away from the active trigger point - such pain is called referred pain.
A significant trigger point nodule can often be noticed as a small lump in the muscle, usually no larger than a pea. Less substantial trigger points are not so noticable by a lump, but are easy to find anyway - just search your own muscles for the spots that feel most tender; they will transmit pain pain when you press on them. You may not be able to locate a trigger point by feel, but it will always hurt when you press on it.
It is not uncommon to find a "taut band" of muscle stemming from an advanced trigger point; this taut band will feel much like a small cable. These taut bands extend from the trigger point outward and can be mistaken for a tendon, and it is these taut bands, brought on by trigger points, that keep your muscle in a state of tension. Taut bands that are found in shoulder muscles are directly attributable to lack of shoulder movement. The bad news is that left untreated, the trigger point will worsen and the taut band will become more taut, freezing up your shoulder joint more and more. To free up your shoulder mobility, it is hugely important to:
Find the location of the trigger points that are freezing up your shoulder joint.
Eliminate these trigger points as soon as possible, to escape the downward spiral toward worsening adhesive capsulitis.
Trigger Points and Frozen Shoulder
Within the PT arena, one of the classic resources for Kinesiology (the study of movement and the way muscles cause movement to occur) reference is Brunnstrom's Clinical Kinesiology (Smith, Weiss, and Lehmkuhl 1996); much of the following information on this page will stem from this book. Though much of Kinesiology is focused on movement, it is also concerned with the myriad of factors that limit the function of muscles.
As you may or may not know, many shoulder problems will occur because one or more of the 24 muscles associated with the shoulder are not functioning properly. Trigger points within the muscle tissue affect muscle function negatively, and the most important effects of trigger points are as follows:
Trigger Points shorten muscles and actively prevent them from lengthening
Trigger Points often cause muscle weakness.
Trigger Points often are painful -> This pain makes muscles stay tense -> This constant tension in the muscle will make the trigger point worse, thus completing a continually worsening cycle.
The reality about adhesive capsulitis is that it takes time for adheasions to develop and the shoulder already has to be locked into place for adhesions to form. In the opinion of some doctors (source) the first step in treatment is to get rid of the trigger points that reside within the muscles associated with the problem shoulder. The sooner the trigger points are treated, the better chance there is to keep adhesions forming in the shoulder joint.
Your massage therapist can certainly help with trigger point massage, but if you are treating your shoulder at home with the Shoulder TShellz Wrap multiple times per day, it is our opinion that you have an improved chance of getting rid of your trigger points (and subsequently increase the range of motion in your shoulder). In some situations, trigger points in the back could be the cause of shoulder immobility; if you are certain that the underlying problem is in the upper back area, your trigger points are more effectively treated through the use of the Back/Hip T•Shellz Wrap®.
A stretching routine can undoubtably lead to a successful outcome for many patients. However, there are time that many people in pain simply cannot tolerate stretching. When pain levels are high and your muscles are too taut, stetching may actually aggravate your injury. In cases such as this, the smart way to go is to first minimize your pain using trigger point massage and Circulatory Boost home treatments until you can reach a point where you start some moderate stretching without the pain. If you find the stretching aggravates the problem, stop stretching and just continue with the massage and Circulatory Boost treatments.
Combined with a stretching routine, it is our opinion that the Shoulder TShellz Wrap is an powerful product for helping rid yourself of trigger points. Successful treatment of your trigger points will increase shoulder range of motion and reduce the likelihood of a worsening frozen shoulder condition.
Examples of Possible Causes of Trigger Point Pain
Tender trigger points typically develop from lack of stretching or improper stretching but can also be caused from stress/trauma, repetitive motion or even poor posture. Other common causes are:
sitting without firm back support (slumped posture)
prolonged sitting in a chair without armrests, or armrests that are too high, or too low (leaning to one side)
cradling a phone between ear and shoulder
one leg shorter than the other
typing on a keyboard that is too high
prolonged improper sleeping position
playing a violin
overly tight bra straps
carrying a purse (prolonged hiking up of the shoulder)
walking with a cane that is too long
Reduced circulation in trigger points will eventually lead to muscle shortening and restricted movement which further accentuates the pain, thus completing a cycle of decreased mobility and further pain. This commonly becomes the underlying cause of adhesive capsulitis, chronic shoulder immobility and even chronic headache pain. The patient will typically continue to suffer from these ailments for long periods until the problem trigger points are treated directly.
Living with pain is never easy as it affects your entire lifestyle. Living with pain and stiffness due to trigger points can be even harder! What is more important than taking your best shot at eliminating these trigger points before if further affects your life?
If you do wind up seeing a specialist for dealing with your shoulder, know that continued treatment at-home while attending regular PT appointments is vital for your overall recovery. It is especially vital to the shoulder and knee areas, as they consistently handle extreme forces (body weight). Consistent exercise and conservative treatment on a daily basis during your rehabilitation while working with your doctor, surgeon or physical therapist is key - and this is why you should seriously consider maximizing your recovery by using the T•Shellz Wraps® at home to maximize your rate of recovery and decrease the risk of further injury.
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Adhesive Capsulitis Facts:
Frozen Shoulder (a.k.a adhesive capsulitis) often occurs for no known reason and causes stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint.
Frozen shoulder is caused by inflamation of the joint lining which causes scar tissue to form around the joint. This scar tissue restricts movement in the shoulder joint.
Diabetes is a risk factor for Frozen Shoulder, affecting about 27% of people with diabetes.
About 70% of people with frozen shoulder are women
About 70% of people with frozen shoulder are aged between 40 and 60.
About 11% of people with frozen shoulder are women with thyroid disorders.
About 11% of people with frozen shoulder suffer from Parkinson's Disease.
High risk factors for adhesive capsulitis:
Connective Tissue Disorders
Acute Traumatic Injuries (ie. accidents)
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