Frozen Shoulder Treatment
Do you have a stiff and painful shoulder?
Frozen shoulder, also known by its medical term as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterised by pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. For those affected by frozen shoulder, movement becomes difficult and painful as tissues around the joint stiffen.
Low level laser therapy – offering relief from Frozen Shoulder
Low level laser therapy – also known as cold laser – a medical grade, painless therapeutic laser used as an effective treatment to reduce inflammation, restore healthy tissue and reduce pain.
The powerful anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects of LLLT help to improve the quality of life in patients suffering from the pain of a rotator cuff injury.
LLLT works by enhancing circulation and encouraging the injured cells and tissues to repair, helping to restore normal function. As the underlying problem is treated, pain relief is possible.
A ground-breaking therapy for accelerating healing and relieving the pain associated with frozen shoulder, some pain reduction can usually be felt immediately after treatment and a series of treatments is recommended to achieve the best results.
Safe and very effective in treating pain, low level laser helps you get back in action, faster.
Benefits of low level laser therapy as a treatment for Frozen Shoulder:
- Clinically proven results
- Safe to use immediately after an injury
- Reduces the need for medication
- Helps to restore the normal range of motion
- Suitable for all ages
- Treatment is painless
- Relieves and potentially eliminates pain
What causes Frozen Shoulder?
Frozen shoulder occurs when the connective tissue that holds the bones, tendons and ligaments in the shoulder, thickens and tightens around the joint. Shoulder movement becomes restricted and painful.
The condition can develop over time or spontaneously, with the following risk factors at play:
- Shoulder trauma
- Ages 40 to 70 years are at higher risk
- Rheumatic disease
- Chronic disease
- Women are more at risk than men, particularly postmenopausal women
- Heart disease or stroke
Symptoms of frozen shoulder
Two major symptoms are pain and persistent stiffness in the shoulder. Progressive loss of both the active and passive range of motion severely restricts movement. The condition makes performing everyday tasks such as dressing, bathing, sleeping comfortably and driving very difficult. Symptoms can vary from mild, with some impact on daily activities, to severe, when it becomes impossible to use the shoulder.
Symptoms may include:
- Shoulder area feels tight and painful
- Shoulder feels tight when putting the arm up and back, as if throwing a ball
- Back of the wrist feels painful
How is frozen shoulder treated?
Treatment usually starts with anti-inflammatory medication and application of heat to the affected area. If medications aren’t helping, surgeries are often performed.
- Medications. Over-the-counter painkillers, such as aspirin and ibuprofen can be helpful. Stronger pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory drugs may sometimes be prescribed
- Physical Therapy. A range of exercises may be suggested by a therapist to reduce improve movement and reduce pain
- Steroid injections. In the early stages of frozen shoulder, injecting corticosteroids into the shoulder joint may help reduce pain and improve mobility of the shoulder
- Joint distension. This is a process when sterile water is injected into the joint capsule to help relieve pain
- Surgery. In rare instances, surgery is performed with inserting lighted, tubular instruments through small incisions around the joint
Low level laser therapy is an effective, drug-free, painless alternative to traditional treatments for frozen shoulder.
Used on its own or in combination with traditional treatments under the guidance of a GP, cold laser can be effective in reducing or eliminating pain.
Instant or long-lasting relief cannot be guaranteed as results vary for each patient due to age, health condition, type of injury, lifestyle and concurrent treatments, however clinical evidence and our patients’ experiences indicate low level laser to be a worthwhile and effective treatment option for frozen shoulder.