How to release a frozen shoulder
Frozen shoulder is a condition that arises when the shoulder joint is stiff or restricted, causing pain and decreased range of motion in the shoulder
Most commonly, frozen shoulder develops after a period of shoulder immobilization, such as after shoulder surgery or injury; however, the cause of frozen shoulder is largely unknown.
To treat a frozen shoulder, we recommend working with a physiotherapist to develop a custom program that focuses on stretching and range of motion exercises. Recovery for a frozen shoulder typically takes 6 months but can take up to 3 years depending on the severity of the condition.
The best way to prevent developing a frozen shoulder is to keep the shoulder joint moving to ensure a healthy range of motion.
What are the symptoms of a frozen shoulder?
Frozen shoulder occurs when the shoulder joint is restricted. A frozen shoulder may limit your ability to move your shoulder under your own power and will limit the shoulder’s range of motion, even when someone else is stretching your shoulder for you.
Some typical symptoms of frozen shoulder include:
- Shoulder pain
- Shoulder stiffness
- Decreased range of motion in the shoulder
What are the most common causes of frozen shoulder?
Although the root cause of a frozen shoulder is largely unknown, individuals can often develop a frozen shoulder from any condition that prevents them from moving their shoulder for an extended period of time.
This includes conditions such as fractures and shoulder surgeries where a period of immobilization is necessary to heal.
In general, you are more likely to get a frozen shoulder if you have experienced:
- Shoulder injury
- Shoulder surgery