Frozen Shoulder

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Frozen shoulder is condition that causes pain and stiffness of the shoulder. It is due to contracture of the capsule and some ligaments of the shoulder. The cause of the condition is largely unknown. It is more common in people with diabetes or a family history of the condition.

The condition is commonly thought of as having three stages. The 1st stage is the painful stage. Pain is your main complaint and it may affect your sleep. The 2nd stage is the ‘freezing’ or stiffness stage. In this stage, pain will reduce and stiffness becomes more of a complaint. The 3rd stage is the thawing or recovery phase where mobility improves in the shoulder. Each stage can last a number of months. Full recovery may take up to 12-24 months.

Research has shown that physiotherapy can help improve recovery. In particular, applying heat and mobilisation of the shoulder seems to be most effective.

The program within TrackActive Me will provide you exercises to mobilise your shoulder. There are also exercises to help strengthen the muscles of your shoulder. In the 1st and 2nd stage, these exercises may help maintain strength and mobility so your shoulder does not become too stiff. If you are in the thawing stage, they will help improve mobility and strength.

If your condition is very painful or limiting, you may want to speak to your doctor about other options. Shoulder specialists may offer injections that can be helpful.

During your recovery make sure you keep active with activities that don’t cause pain. Walking, cycling and even running may be possible. You can also choose from our library of pilates, stretching and lower body strengthening programs. Just select ‘Stay Strong and Healthy’ in the TrackActive Me chat feature.

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