Frozen shoulders are painful conditions that affect millions of people around the world. They mostly affect women who have reached menopause, but they can occur at any age. It occurs in phases as follows:
In the first stage, called “the frozen phase,” the tissue surrounding a joint becomes stiff and thaws out slowly over time. When the thawing stops, the frozen tissues feel like they are still stiff. This could last from a few weeks to months.
The symptoms include pain, stiffness, tenderness, and inflammation in one or both joints. In most cases, this will eventually go away on its own. However, if it doesn’t improve, you should see your doctor.
So, how do I treat a frozen shoulder? Well, frozen shoulder therapy services can treat the condition depending on the cause. But you can try these simple tips to help ease the discomfort:
• Sleep on a firm surface, or use an orthopedic pillow
• Sleeping on warm sheets or using an electric blanket.
• Avoid placing ice packs or heating pads directly on the skin because they can burn.
• Stretching exercises and massage therapy can also help.