A condition that is characterized by feeling a bit of stiffness and pain in the shoulder, the frozen shoulder is a very common ailment that can cause discomfort among athletes. A frozen shoulder occurs gradually, with the symptoms getting worse over time. Sometimes it can take one to three years to develop but there are cases where the onset is a bit quicker.
What are the causes of frozen shoulder?
The chances of developing frozen shoulder are much greater for someone who has recently gone through a medical procedure or condition that did not allow them to properly move their arm. For instance, if someone went through a mastectomy or they had a stroke they are at a higher risk. It is also possible that certain physical activities, such as playing sports, can cause the symptoms to get worse over time as the condition develops. Some sports injuries, such as a rotator cuff tear, if gone untreated can lead to frozen shoulder. Diabetes can also cause a higher chance of frozen shoulder.
What are the symptoms of frozen shoulder?
There are three phases that someone is going to experience in relation to frozen shoulder. These are aptly named the freezing, frozen and thawing stages. The freezing stage is when a person is experiencing pain in the shoulder any time they are moving it. The range of motion in the shoulder will also get worse. The frozen stage involves less pain, but the shoulder is even stiffer and using it is even more of a problem than before. The final stage is the thawing stage where the symptoms start to subside and the shoulder is a lot easier to move.
Treatment of Frozen Shoulder
Athletes who are experiencing this pain should be visiting a dedicated sports medicine doctor immediately. Sports medicine is a great way to heal your body naturally without drugs or surgery. If you are experiencing symptoms it is time to make an appointment with Dr. Bob Meyer at the Spinal Rehab and Sports Medicine clinic today. Dr. Bob can diagnose your condition and recommend a sports injury treatment that will get you back to what you love doing most fast.