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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Causes and cure for frozen shoulder syndrome

Office and computer workers often feel nimbleness and pain in their arms or shoulders. Whatever the cause may be, shoulder pain and stiffness is a serious health condition which needs your immediate attention. I am also suffering from stiff neck and shoulder pain problems and this post or series of posts is the result of search for information for my personal use and share with blog readers. I hope that the information I have collected from many sources would help you stay aware and conscious about shoulder related problems.

Frozen Shoulder Syndrome is an extremely painful and debilitating condition characterized by pain and stiffness of the shoulder. Frozen Shoulder Syndrome affects 2-5% of 40-70 year olds. The effects of this condition can be devastating, resulting in months of pain and misery and years of stiffness and disability. There is currently no evidence that conventional treatments including anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid injections, physiotherapy and even surgery reduce the duration of this condition.

Symptoms:

The shoulder becomes stiff or stuck anywhere between 48 hours to 4 weeks from the initial pain – if your shoulder is not ‘stuck’ you may not have a true frozen shoulder. Many people are forced to give up work, as a result of the pain and stiffness that commonly persist for many years. Recent studies indicate that even after seven years 70% of sufferers still have some persistent disability.

'Frozen Shoulder'

Useful resources:
'Doctor Gordon Cameron' at 'Joint Enterprise' offers useful information about 'Frozen Shoulder and Shoulder Pain'

Cure for frozen shoulder:

For 95 percent of people who suffer from frozen shoulder, the stiffness and immobility is totally reversible through stretching exercises, but during recovery the following treatments are used to encourage healing:

* Limit activity--limit overhead positioning, reaching, and lifting. These restrictions can be eliminated as pain decreases and flexibility increases.
* Pain relief medication—Acetaminophen or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen can be used to manage pain.
* 10-15 minutes of moist heat—Apply before exercising. Helps get tissues ready for stretching. You can achieve this by taking a warm shower or bath or by using a heating pad with a moist towel. The least effective moist heat application is heating a moist towel in the microwave. If you choose to try this application, be aware that microwave intensity varies, so be careful not to burn yourself.

* Exercises for Frozen Shoulder Syndrome

* Exercises for Frozen Shoulder at 'Love to know'

* 'Best exercises for frozen shoulder at 'YouTube'

Free download of ebook:

Shoulder expert Doctor Gordon Cameron has created an 83 page illustrated frozen shoulder survival guide and it is available for free download. Doctor Gordon Cameron says:

" 70 percent of people with frozen shoulder are convinced they will never get better because they just can't find the treatment they need "

"Shoulder Pain Survival Guide" deals with everything from quick fix remedies - right through to natural treatment strategies for those who don't like to take painkillers or joint injections.

'Download page'

Note:
My next article is about stiff neck, frozen shoulder treatment with acupressure.

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