Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder commonly affects people aged between 40 – 65 years old and it is more common in women. This condition can affect either should, however it is usually the non-dominant shoulder.

This condition is caused when the flexible tissue that surrounds the shoulder joint become inflamed and thickened. The inflammation and thickening of the joint could develop if you have shoulder surgery, Dupuytren’s contracture, diabetes and other health related conditions e.g. a stroke.

The most common symptoms are pain and stiffness in the shoulder. You should visit a medical centre if the pain in your shoulder limits your range of movements.

The condition could last between 18 months to 3 years; however for the majority of people with this condition the shoulder returns to normal levels of movement within 2 years. Osteopaths are often associated with treating back pain, however osteopaths can treat joint and muscle strains in any part of the body including shoulders.

Charles, Your Osteopath in Barry will want to know when your symptoms occurred  and if the injury occurred in a specific sport the osteopath will need to observe you whilst your perform that sport as it further allows the osteopath to identify exactly what is required to help your recovery and prevent any other injury in the future.

There are some self-help treatments that can help alleviate pain including taking painkillers e.g. Paracetamol, anti-inflammatory pain killers e.g. ibuprofen and shoulder exercises. Shoulder exercises prevent the shoulder from stiffening and to keep movement for as long as possible, these exercises should be done regularly.