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Up to five out of 100 people will get a frozen shoulder at some point in their life. You’re more likely to get frozen shoulder if you’re aged between 40 and 60, and it’s slightly more common among women. People with certain medical conditions are more likely to get a frozen shoulder, including diabetes, an underactive thyroid, an overactive thyroid and heart disease.
The main symptoms of frozen shoulder are pain, progressive stiffness of the shoulder and reduced function. The time frame for frozen shoulder to improve is between 1 and 3 years.
There are 3 phases associated with frozen shoulder and treatment varies depending on the phase you are in.
Phase 1 (freezing) is characterised by mainly pain and inflammation and injection therapy and EMTT (electromagnetic transduction therapy) are the treatments of choice. EMTT is innovative technology which helps the tissues to heal and repair by working at cellular level and improving local blood flow to accelerate tissue repair and reduce inflammation and pain.
Phase 2 (frozen) is characterised mainly by stiffness and a lack of function. In order to help with the stiffness manual therapy, focused shockwave therapy combined with rehabilitation is the treatment of choice. Focused shockwave therapy is a low intensity shockwave treatment to promote and accelerate tissue repair and healing. It has regenerative abilities therefore restoring the tissue back to it’s formal non painful state.
Phase 3 (thawing) is mainly characterised by ongoing stiffness and lack of function rather than pain and manual therapy combined with rehabilitation is recommended.
All these treatments are very safe and have been done to millions of people with no side effects apart from some transient discomfort.
Our treatment programmes can improve the journey of you suffering with frozen shoulder and help towards a full resolution of the problem. Often it is regarded as ‘self-limiting’ however research evidence suggests that only 39% of patients fully recover with 11% reporting ongoing functional limitation.
As this is a very common shoulder complaint our team is well placed and highly experienced to assist in accelerating your recovery, reduce pain and restore normal function.
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