How to Cure Frozen Shoulder Quickly?
It is important to diagnose and treat the condition as early as possible. The longer symptoms are left untreated, the greater the probability of developing stage II frozen shoulder and all the ensuing symptoms. Some home remedies can help patients who suspect that a frozen shoulder may be developing. These treatments include:
- Ice and Heat Therapy: For pain management, heat or ice therapies, or alternating both, can provide relief. A hot compress or heating pad can be applied several times a day for 15 minute intervals. Likewise, an ice pack can also be used for the same time period.
- Pain Management: Inflammation of the shoulder’s soft-tissues can be minimized with the regular use of an anti-inflammatory medication. This will also assist with pain reduction.
- Physical Therapy: Performing gentle range of motion and shoulder strengthening exercises may prevent the condition from progressing. We recommend that an exercise plan be discussed with a medical professional in order to avoid activities that may worsen the condition.
If home remedies do not improve symptoms or if pain and stiffness worsen, orthopedic evaluation and treatment is recommended. Non-surgical treatments such as a steroid injection placed into the shoulder joint may be considered in an attempt to arrest and possibly reverse the course of a frozen shoulder.
If the inflammation, pain, and stiffness worsen despite a good course of non-surgical management, surgical intervention may be considered. In surgery, an anesthesiologist would typically do a nerve block immediately before surgery and then administer a light general anesthetic during surgery. Dr. Cunningham would then place an arthroscope into the shoulder joint with two or three small incisions being made. Using a small electrocautery device, the thickened adhesions are precisely released and any bleeding is minimized. The shoulder is then gently brought through a full range of motion once the adhesions have been released thus restoring full motion to the shoulder. The upper extremity is placed in a sling for comfort, but patients are encouraged to come out of the sling the same day and start gentle range of motion exercises and physical therapy within 1-2 days of surgery. Patients go home the same day and then follow up with Dr Cunningham in 7-10 days. For many patients, a combination of both shoulder arthroscopy and joint manipulation can provide an optimal result. In all cases, the quickest way to recover from a frozen shoulder condition is to treat it early and comprehensively, with expert orthopedic care.