Frozen Shoulder is a term used to describe persistent pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint, which, over time, makes shoulder and arm movement difficult. These symptoms develop over a period of weeks and months. Athletic activities such as swimming, basketball, kettle ball, and trauma, can trigger a frozen shoulder. Other causes such as surgery, a fracture, or illness can also trigger this condition. The symptoms typically progress in three stages:
Where the shoulder becomes stiff and then very painful with movement. Over time, the range of motion becomes limited and activities such as sleeping can aggravate the pain. This phase can last anywhere from six weeks to nine months.
The shoulder becomes increasingly stiff and motion is severely limited. The shoulder pain may improve and typically does not worsen, although the stiffness does. It can make daily activities unmanageable. This phase can last anywhere from four to six months.
Shoulder movement slowly begins to improve as does pain. This phase can take anywhere from six months to two years before normal strength and motion return to the shoulder.
Acupuncture can alleviate shoulder pain, improve mobility and increase flexibility. It can accelerate the recovery time for this condition without the use of painkillers or medications. When combined with therapeutic exercises, this condition can be effectively treated, and in many cases, further instances can be prevented.
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The Healing Point Acupuncture Clinic
Xia Xin, L.Ac., CSMA