Frozen shoulder, also known as Adhesive Capsulitis which means sticky shoulder describes this condition accurately it occurs in about 5% of the population. More common in women than men, most ladies in the beginning of the condition may find it hard to reach the clasp of their brassier, back pockets, worse at night and when lying on the affected side can be excruciating and affect sleep.
Usually, it hits people between the ages of 40 – 60 and be associated with other diseases such as Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Metabolic Syndrome (obesity, blood sugar issues and chronic low-grade inflammation ). Frozen shoulder can also be associated with trauma, hypothyroidism, menopause, smoking and other chronic diseases such as Parkinson’s, stroke etc..
There are 3 phases of the symptoms of frozen shoulder: Phase 1: Freezing also known as the painful phase it can last from 2-10mths Phase 2: The frozen stage, when the shoulder becomes stiff and movement is limited which can last from 9 to 14mths. The pain is more frequent with overuse. Phase 3: Thawing which could take from 3mths to 1 year or more. Some scientists believe that sedentary lifestyle leading to low activity or injury near the shoulder joint or major surgery can be a trigger in this condition.
Dr Bhatti has been treating frozen shoulder with a complementary approach for more than 25 years and his experience shows that earlier intervention, a combination of conventional, complementary therapies, physio and exercise can sometimes give great results.
In complementary therapies which can give positive results are: • Medical Needle Free Acupuncture • Laser Acupuncture • Medical Trigger Point Therapy/Needle-free Mesotherapy • Nutrition/Natural joint and soft tissue support Conventional therapies usually include: • Medication • Physio • Surgery and homecare
Other conditions which mimic frozen shoulder are 1. Bursitis 2. Arthritis 3. Wear and tear of shoulder joint 4. Inflammation of Bicep tendon 5. Pain coming from the neck due to disc deterioration in the cervical area 6. Autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and sometimes cancer. Hence it is very important that if you suspect you have a frozen shoulder that you contact your doctor and rule out any other conditions.
In our clinic we use a multi-pronged approach to this and many other conditions with evidence-based therapies such as Physiological Regulating Medicine (P.R.M ), Gut Health and Microbiome restoration, Nutritional and Nutraceutical therapies, Lifestyle Medicine, Natural Hormonal Balancing, Glandular support, Soft tissue and joint support, Complex Homeopathy, Herbals, and Needle-free Medical Acupuncture to achieve excellent results.
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