If you are experiencing shoulder pain it could be that you are developing Frozen Shoulder. This painful condition presents as a severe aching in the shoulder and upper arm, with limitation of ALL shoulder movements. In extreme cases there is complete rigidity of the joint and there will often be a history of gradual or spontaneous onset. Pain is usually worse at night and the restriction of movement can interfere with everyday tasks such as dressing or driving, meaning that this condition can often have repercussions for our everyday life.
In a Frozen Shoulder the capsule of the shoulder can sometimes form adhesions due to inflammation. The inflammation can then spread through the rest of the soft tissues of the affecting ligaments and muscles leading to loss of power and co-ordination within the shoulder muscles. The most common muscles affected are called the rotator cuff, which normally act to stabilise and rotate the shoulder.
More women than men present with Frozen Shoulder and some systemic illnesses such as Diabetes or Cardiovascular disease might also increase the risk of developing a frozen shoulder. Many patients seek out non-invasive treatment and hands-on Osteopathic treatment is beneficial for improving mobility and optimizing muscle function. Left to resolve naturally it can take up to 2 years.