If you are experiencing these symptoms, you may be suffering from frozen shoulder:
- Unprovoked pain that stops you from carrying out your day-to-day activities
- Difficulty in maintaining quality sleep due to pain, discomfort and stiffness
- Moderate stiffness that limits full range of shoulder motion
- Restricted capacity to carry out tasks
- Functional disability of shoulder joint
Individuals suffering from frozen shoulder experience significant difficulty in raising their arms beyond 90degrees. Due to stiffness of the joint itself, people find it impossible to perform simple day-to-day activities like hooking up the bra, shaving armpits, combing the hair or putting on a shirt. Chronic disability, sleep disturbances and persistent pain can affect the quality of life and may even lead to depression and other psychological disorders.
Frozen shoulder is a fairly common condition that is more common in individuals who are recovering from chronic medical issues or acute injuries/ surgeries. But how can you ascertain if you are experiencing frozen shoulder or a mild sprain?
Self-testing Frozen Shoulder:
With the help of following tests, you can easily evaluate your physical range of motion and independence.
Hand Elevation Test:
- Stand straight with your arms hanging by the side of your body.
- Now elevate your arms in the air and try to touch the ceiling (or stretch your arms higher) to assess range of motion.
Cross Shoulder Test:
- Stand straight with arm by the side of your body.
- Now elevate your right hand and try to touch the left shoulder blade.
- Now repeat the same activity with your left hand.
- Perform Step 2 and Step 3 simultaneously
The aim of self-testing is to assess:
- If the movement or maneuver was painful?
- If you were able to execute the movement
- If you are able to repeat this movement
- If there is any pain or discomfort after the execution of this maneuver?
If you are experiencing difficulty in performing these maneuvers; seek help from a registered healthcare provider. Your doctor/ physician may perform some additional tests and radiological investigation to confirm the diagnosis.
Differential Diagnosis of Frozen Shoulder:
Frozen Shoulder is often confused with other connective tissue conditions of shoulder joint; such as muscle impingement syndrome, which often mimics frozen shoulder in terms of symptomatology. The pathophysiology of muscle impingement syndrome revolves around tearing of rotator cuff muscles. In untreated or poorly managed cases, muscle impingement syndrome may worsen to transform into frozen shoulder (or adhesive capsulitis).
Other differentials of frozen shoulder are:
- Subacromial impingementsyndrome
- Shoulder instability
- Acromioclavicular joint pain
- Pancoast tumor
Trigenics therapy is highly effective at restoring the strength, stability and motion across the shoulder joint. Other treatment strategies can also be used for optimal restoration of normal anatomy and physiology across the shoulder joint.