How To Treat Frozen Shoulder Effectively As A Therapist?
Frozen shoulder, also referred as adhesive capsulitis (AC), is a common problem in people over 40. According to advanced research and statistics, 5 to 20% of the population tends to have an episode of frozen shoulder in their life. More than 85% of people with frozen shoulder experience comorbidities later in their life.
In this blog, you will learn about frozen shoulder. What is a frozen shoulder, and how does it present? What are the signs and symptoms of a Frozen Shoulder? How does ANF Therapy ®️ help treat frozen shoulder?
What Is a Frozen Shoulder?
Frozen shoulder is a painful condition lasting for more than 3 months. Inflammation in the glenohumeral joint causes stiffness and restricted mobility or external rotation. These symptoms develop suddenly, but the recovery phase takes a longer time.
A frozen shoulder is a contracture of the capsule, ligaments of shoulder joints, and the rotator interval. Inflammation and fibrosis lead to the formation of adhesions around the muscles and ligaments. The coracohumeral ligament is most commonly affected, limiting the external rotation. In advanced stages, the thickening of the capsule limits the movements of the shoulder joint in all directions.
What Are The Risk Factors For Frozen Shoulder?
The underlying mechanism of a frozen shoulder is still not fully understood. However, few risk factors for frozen shoulder have been identified. These include:
- Thyroid disease
- Diabetes mellitus (20% of the people with DM develop frozen shoulder)
- Shoulder injury
- Chronic pain
- Parkinson’s disease
- Dupuytren’s disease
Frozen shoulder is more common in women as compared to men (women develop frozen shoulder 4 times more than males). It is also caused by mental trauma, emotional stress, general stress, overwork, or fatigue. There are many causes, but emotional stress is the most common cause of a frozen shoulder.
Signs and Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder:
A frozen shoulder usually presents with sudden and unilateral pain in the shoulder, followed by gradual restriction in joint mobility. It limits external rotation in earlier stages and abduction of the shoulder in late stages. Pain and stiffness can limit the physical activities of patients, like changing clothes, fastening the seat belt, lifting weights, combing their hair, and brushing their teeth.
A frozen shoulder is usually accompanied by neck pain due to the overuse of cervical muscles. These muscles compensate for restricted shoulder movements, leading to muscle pain.
A frozen shoulder can also cause swelling, edema, tightness, and restriction, depending on the stage and severity of the case.
How To Evaluate Frozen Shoulder As A Therapist?
The clinical diagnosis of frozen shoulder is based on the patient’s history, physical examination, and Imaging mobilities (if needed). Imaging mobilities like musculoskeletal ultrasonography (MUS) are used to rule out other pathological problems in the shoulder. These include osteoarthritis and tears in the rotator cuff tendon.
ANF Therapy ®️ recommends palpation of inflamed ligaments, muscles, and nerves. We educate our therapists on how to palpate the shoulder complex thoroughly, test the range of motion, and find out compensations in the cervical muscles. Patients with frozen shoulder are vulnerable to problems in the occipital nerves, sternocleidomastoid, and splenius muscle. Moreover, the pain can radiate to the arm. It is helpful to examine and assess C2, C3, and C4 nerves.
In ANF Master Class, we educate our therapists on how to examine frozen shoulder and related structures step by step.
ANF Therapy®️; An Effective Treatment For Frozen Shoulder
After thorough examination and palpation, we treat our patients by applying ANF Devices. We place ANF Devices around the shoulder complex following the anatomical shape. Frequencies travel from the glenohumeral joint toward the origin of those muscles that play a critical role in shoulder movement.
Sign up for ANF Education Program to learn more on how to apply ANF Devices to treat frozen shoulder and which devices are suitable for the treatment.
Is ANF Therapy ®️ Effective For Frozen Shoulder?
ANF Therapy ®️ has treated thousands of patients successfully. Healthcare professionals and therapists who join ANF Academy perform brilliantly in their clinics. Zeba Shakeel Ahmad, a therapist at ANF Academy, describes her experience as follows:
“ANF Therapy®️ helped me educe pain in my patients, which is where I used to get stuck. The best response from a patient was when his frozen shoulder pain was reduced using ANF Therapy ®️. Additionally, the ANF instructor was great.”
How to Get Started with ANF As a Healthcare Professional?
ANF Therapy®️ does not use any drugs, machines, or instruments. You can regulate your patient’s nervous system by applying ANF Devices directly on the skin and initiating a self-healing and self-regulating process.
ANF Therapy®️ is a holistic approach integrated with the knowledge of anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, and neuroscience of the human body.
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About ANF Therapy®️
ANF Therapy®️ uses circular ANF Devices, which are applied directly on the skin after palpation and assessment by a trained ANF Therapist following the ANF Therapy®️ Method, Patented Model no. U202030252, ES1259974.
The purpose of ANF Therapy is to alleviate injury and pain within minutes.
Our aim is that the patient experiences a reduction of pain and swelling, an increase in range of motion, and an improvement in quality of life related to health. Non-transdermal non-invasive devices, NO needles or chemicals are used.