Frozen shoulder is a disease that causes thickening of the surface covering the bone at the shoulder joint. You will feel pain with a frozen shoulder. Initially, it seems like a tolerable pain. As the disease progresses, the pain intensifies alongside with the restricted range of motion on your shoulder.
Does the frozen shoulder cause muscle weakness?
The frozen shoulder does not cause weakness of the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint. It might seem that your shoulder feels weak, but the root cause is the chronic inflammation happening on the bone surfaces that forms the shoulder joint.
It can also affect your shoulder’s flexibility and elasticity, which makes it difficult for you to perform everyday activities.
What are the treatment options to relieve pain with frozen shoulder?
There are many treatment methods for a frozen shoulder that your healthcare provider can offer you. If your plan of treatment requires non-surgical methods, these are the following options:
- 1. Ultrasound therapy
2. Manual therapy
4. Taping therapy
5. Electric percutaneous nerve treatment
6. Extracorporeal shockwave therapy
One of the noninvasive treatment methods mentioned above is receiving attention recently: the Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT). Read on to know what it is about.
How will a shockwave therapy treat your frozen shoulder?
Shockwave therapy is a treatment method that applies sound waves focusing on the damaged part of the body – in this case, the shoulder joint.
It works its magic by restoring the blood perfusion to your affected shoulder joint. The pressure from the sound waves creates a force that is strong enough to break down the deposits of hardened bone surface found in your shoulder joint.
The process mentioned above can only be seen microscopically. And it takes several days or weeks, even months, for the healing process to complete.
Can it provide pain relief immediately?
Some clients notice an immediate improvement in pain upon the first session of shockwave therapy. That pain relief can be temporary, though.
Don’t worry about the temporary pain relief; research has shown that shockwave therapy has a success rate of 80-85%. Follow the treatment plan, and you will be on your way to pain-free days!
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