Getting the cold shoulder is bad enough. Frozen shoulder can be a painful and uncomfortable condition. Frozen shoulder symptoms make it difficult to do routine activities. These include putting clothes on or reaching for something in a cupboard. Athletes often experience sports injuries resulting in frozen shoulder. This can make it impossible to play or compete in sports until treated.
What is Frozen Shoulder?
Frozen shoulder symptoms include shoulder pain, stiffness and a decrease in the flexibility and range of motion of the shoulder. Frozen shoulder affects 2% of the population at some point in their lives. Your shoulder is a simple engineering marvel. It consists of your shoulder blade (scapula), your collar bone (clavicle) and your upper arm bone (humerus). The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint. The ball of the upper arm bone fits into a socket on your shoulder blade and strong connective tissue encapsulates the joint. The joint is lubricated for easier motion by special fluid called synovial fluid.
Frozen Shoulder Causes
Frozen shoulder occurs when the connective tissue around the joint becomes inflamed, thickens and becomes tight. Thick bands of tissue called adhesions develop. Often, there is less synovial fluid in the shoulder capsule.
Frozen Shoulder Symptoms
Frozen shoulder symptoms include shoulder pain and limited mobility. If you are experiencing frozen shoulder symptoms, you should seek help from a professional sports medicine doctor. A sports medicine chiropractor can determine the best sports injury treatment options.
Frozen Shoulder Treatment
Frozen shoulder treatment includes finding relief of pain. It also includes healing methods to avoid surgery or steroidal injections. Massage therapy can help loosen stiff, inflamed joints and soothe shoulder pain. Physical therapy under the care of a trained sports medicine doctor can restore range of motion through a careful regimen of stretches and exercises.
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