Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis, causes pain and stiffness in the shoulder. Over time, the shoulder becomes very hard to move. The condition leads to a one-two-three punch of pain, lost movement and, usually, a months-long recovery. Frozen shoulder occurs in about 2% of the general population. It most commonly affects people between the ages of 40 and 60, and occurs in women more often than men.
Many rotator cuff and frozen shoulder injuries are misdiagnosed and mistreated due to a poor understanding of what actually occurs to the shoulder after it becomes injured. This leads to expensive diagnostics and imaging. Often these costly procedures do not change the course of treatment unless there is a complete rupture to one of the tendons, ligaments and/or some other structural defect.
Frozen Shoulder Stages
Though frozen shoulder can be triggered by trauma, such as a fall, the cause is unclear. Doctors do know that patients have inflamed shoulder joints that gradually become surrounded by hardened scar tissue, or “adhesions.”
For most patients, frozen shoulder occurs in three stages.
- Stage 1: The shoulder hurts (especially at night) and the pain worsens with time. Sleep is often disturbed. This lasts up to three months.
- Stage 2: The pain continues and the shoulder stiffens; overhead movements (like putting away dishes, raising a tennis racket, or styling hair) are tough or impossible. This can last up to nine months.
- Stage 3: The pain is gone, but the stiffness remains until a gradual thaw sets in. This can last up to 13 months.
Add up all those months and you get two years, which is a lot of time for anyone to be sidetracked by pain and stiffness. Airrosti, however, can quickly treat frozen shoulder pain and get you pack to a pain-free lifestyle.
Airrosti Shoulder Pain Treatment
Airrosti’s focus is to fix pain, fast. They want their patients to be able to live life free of pain. Because this is their number one goal, the doctors at Airrosti take the time to thoroughly evaluate the injury and find the root cause of the pain. Once diagnosed, the doctors use a hands-on approach to mobilize the soft-tissue and joints around the shoulder area. Because of this personalized care and hands-on treatment method, Airrosti patients are pain-free in an average of three visits.
The doctors of Airrosti also often prescribe at home stretching or foam rolling to help speed recovery. These stretches and rolling can also help prevent future injuries. You can read more about the benefits of foam rolling here in one of our previous posts written by one of our Certified Recovery Specialists.