What is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder refers to a global decrease in active and passive range of motion of the shoulder resulting in contracture. It is also characterized by pain, specifically when elevating the arm from the side and lowering it back down again.


What causes it? 

Only 2% of people develop frozen shoulder; although this is quite low, several conditions are associated with an increased incidence. These include: including female gender, age older than 49 years, diabetes mellitus (five times more), cervical disc disease, prolonged immobilization, hyperthyroidism, stroke or myocardial infarction, the presence of autoimmune diseases, and trauma (i.e. motor vehicle accidents). Individuals between ages 40 and 70 are more commonly affected. Approximately 70% of patients are women.

What are my treatment options? 

Frozen shoulder is typically a self-limiting condition, lasting 12 to 18 months. Patients seeking care earlier usually recover more quickly. Early intervention is paramount.

Conventional approaches:

Conventional treatment options described in the literature include physical therapy, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medications, oral corticosteroids, intraarticular cortisone injections, distention arthrography, closed manipulation, open surgical release, and arthroscopic capsular release. 

Natural alternative or complimentary options:

Natural alternatives include therapies such as IMS (intramuscular stimulation) and medical acupuncture with electro-stimulation, massage, active release therapy and hydrotherapy techniques. Natural anti-inflammatory remedies can also be helpful in managing the pain.

If you looking for frozen shoulder treatments and live in or near Vaughan, come visit us at KIH clinic. We are located in Kleinburg (Vaughan), Ontario, right in the heart of the Kleinburg village. Fill out the form to the right of this page and we will get right back to you promptly with up-to-date, accurate and useful information on the next best steps in the treatment of your condition/concern.


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