Could it be possible to “cure” a frozen shoulder in 90 seconds? Impossible, right? Well before we get into that, it is important to understand that most people that have suffered from frozen shoulder, have had to go through months and even years of therapy to get rid of just some of their symptoms…with many still never really get rid of the problem.
I just saw a new article in the San Francisco Chronicle abouta a new frozen shoulder brace that you wear at night.
For many persons using ROTATORELIEVER™ the major benefit is that they can avoid medications and can cancel scheduled shoulder surgeries which are costly (typically $12,500) and require intensive rehab afterwards, and extensive time off work. For most people who suffer from rotator cuff pain, frozen shoulder or shoulder bursitis it’s enough to return to normal day to day activities.
Now I don’t know if the brace works or not but there were 2 key points from the article.
1) Even with the brace you need to still be doing some sort of frozen shoulder exercise.
2) You can cure frozen shoulder without the need for surgery or physical therapy.
Many people have asked, “What can I do if my frozen shoulder pain persists after physical therapy”?Some health professionals will then recommend that you get a steroid injection into your frozen shoulder.
Steroid injection — Injecting a steroid into the shoulder joint may help to speed recovery over the short term, especially if a course of physical therapy is done after the injection. Following the steroid injection, it is important to limit activity, treat pain as needed, and begin stretching and strengthening exercises. UptoDate.com – Frozen Shoulder
Steroid injections, like cortisone shots, are a very potent treatment as they basically prevent your body’s immune system from responding (it is the over response from your immune system that causes a lot of the pain and inflammation in your shoulder joint which we call frozen shoulder. As a results this frozen shoulder treatment option should not be taken lightly.
Before opting for a cortisone shot, I recommend that you get some soft tissue work like massage (see massage for frozen shoulder) or active release therapy (A.R.T.) as these treatments can release muscular knots and hot spots that are another major cause of frozen shoulder pain.
Today we will finish our look at the stages of frozen shoulder with the third or Thawing Stages of Frozen Shoulder. As the name suggests, it is during this stage that you will start to get your range of motion back. This stage can actually last between 4 months and 2 years! Read more →