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Use the DynaPro Shoulder Pulley for exercises that will improve your shoulder range of motion as you recover from shoulder bursitis, frozen shoulder or a rotator cuff injury.
Frozen shoulder is a medical condition that causes stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint as its main symptom. It is usually a temporary condition, with pain appearing gradually at first, then getting worse and finally reducing and disappearing. The time between its initial appearance and its final resolution can take between one and three years. The technical name for frozen shoulder is adhesive capsulitis. It is more likely to appear when the patient is undergoing treatment for another condition that prevents him or her from moving the affected arm. Frozen shoulder treatment may include exercises to increase the joint’s range of motion as well as possibly corticosteroids and arthroscopic surgery.
The shoulder joint includes a network of bones, ligaments and tendons that are enclosed in a connective tissue capsule. Under certain conditions, this capsule can thicken and tighten around the joint, resulting in restricted movement.
The underlying causes for the development of frozen shoulder are not clear. However, there is a correlation between the incidence of diabetes and that of frozen shoulder.
In addition, as mentioned above, it is more likely to appear in individuals who have had to restrict shoulder movement for a protracted period of time. This is particularly the case for individuals over the age of 40 or who are female. As stated, the reasons for this are unclear.
Other factors that may cause this restriction of shoulder movement and trigger frozen shoulder problems may include:
As mentioned earlier, fr4ozen shoulder symptoms start gradually rather than suddenly appearing as a result of some specific incident.
Each of these stages may last up to several months.
Treatment of a frozen shoulder usually focuses on controlling the pain and preserving as much range of motion as possible until the condition runs its course:
For pain control the patient can use an over the counter medication like aspirin. If the pain is severe and does not respond to non prescription medication, doctors may suggest non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs to control it.
As explained above, this condition tends to resolve on its own in around 1-2 years. However, if it does not, more aggressive intervention approaches may be necessary. These may include:
To help prevent frozen shoulder problems, or to help the patient recover shoulder range of motion as soon as possible, a physiotherapist can prescribe a program of shoulder exercises to ease the problem. Many of these exercises will involve the use of a shoulder pulley.
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