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TIPS TO TREAT FROZEN SHOULDER
What are the symptoms of a frozen shoulder?
The patients suffer from pain, rigidity and stiffness of the shoulder. The earlier symptoms include the inability to lift one’s arms above one’s head and reach across or behind. Simple arm movements suffer after being impacted. It does not affect any other joints throughout the body.
“Those suffering from frozen shoulders go through three stages. The first is painful freezing. The second is frozen or adhesive. The thawing stage comes next. The cause of this disabling disorder is unknown. Recovery happens in most cases, though some limitations might remain in some cases.” says Dr Marathe
How can you treat a frozen shoulder?
According to Dr Marathe, “There are varied treatments available like physical therapy and medicinal treatments like intra-articular corticosteroid injections, arthroscopic capsular release and surgery. Physicians, however, stick to recommending medications to treat the illness. When the condition does not improve and leads to disability after 3-6 months, a need for surgery is required.”
However, choosing traditional methods helps most of the time. Improvements in a frozen shoulder condition are seen just with the help of correct exercises and physiotherapy.
Most medical professionals prefer to suggest physiotherapy to relieve the patient of a frozen shoulder. Some stretching exercises may also help in lessening the tightness in the affected shoulder.
If you’re dealing with a frozen shoulder, these exercises will ease the pain:
1. Pendulum Exercise
* Bend near the waist and let the arm hang away from the body in a relaxed way.
* Circularly move your body while letting the arm move from the joint near the shoulder.
* Keep making the small motions while the shoulder is relaxed. Keep doing this for 2-3 minutes.
2. Tabletop Arm Slides
* Take a seat on a chair beside a tabletop. Lift and place the affected arm with the unaffected one. Rest the hand and forearm on the table.
* Bend forward from the waist using the body weight. Let the arm and hand slide ahead.
*Stay in this position for 5-10 seconds. Using the same motion, slide back to the upright position.
3. Wall Slide
* Stand and face the wall. Keep both the palms against the wall.
* Move the hands up the wall. The entire hands and arms should move upwards too.
* Keep doing this stretch for 15-20 seconds