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.
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.
The second stage of frozen shoulder is called the Frozen Stage. This is the stage where the shoulder is actually frozen. You have reached this stage of frozen shoulder is you cannot move your shoulder. The pseudo good news about this stage is that the pain you were suffering during the last stage has mainly gone away; but the stiffness is worse. Read more →
Frozen shoulder is a dilating condition that generally progresses through three different stages. The Freezing Stage, The Frozen Stage, and The Thawing Stage. In the video above I discuss the Freezing Stage of frozen shoulder. The freezing stage can last up to 9 months. Read more →
What are the proper steps to treating frozen shoulder? There are 2
2. Use a Comprehensive Frozen Shoulder Program
You want to find a program that includes: Strengthening, Stretching, Range of Motion work, and Soft Tissue work to eliminate adhesions and knots which are restricting your movement.
A solid frozen shoulder treatment plan will not only get rid of your frozen shoulder but keep it from coming back. Frozen shoulder does come back. I just had an email exchange with a new client and it was the 3 time that she had frozen shoulder (in the same shoulder everytime).
When I started asking her questions about the program that she had used prior to becoming one of my clients I discovered that she had never done any soft tissue work for her shoulder and had only done a little bit of strengthening. Her program mostly consisted of stretching. If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you know that stretching is not enough to get rid of frozen shoulder.
Most people don’t know a lot about the soft tissue part of treatment. Go here to see my 90 seconds to frozen shoulder pain relief where I show you exactly how to put soft tissue work to work for you.