Ways to help frozen shoulder
Frozen shoulder, also known as shoulder contracture and adhesive capsulitis, can be extremely painful. In some cases it may restrict movement slightly, while in others it can prevent any form of shoulder movement. The condition is caused by inflammation in the flexible tissue surrounding the shoulder joint. Patients who have had a shoulder injury may be more prone to frozen shoulder, as are those with diabetes, Dupuytren’s contracture or heart disease.
Alleviating the symptoms of frozen shoulder
Some patients who suffer from frozen shoulder recover within 18-24 months, but around half still experience symptoms up to seven years on. It is important that early treatment is undertaken to prevent further pain, stiffness and damage. Frozen shoulder sufferers should:
- Visit their GP as soon as possible
- Keep the joint as mobile as possible
- Consider using painkillers such as co-codamol, ibuprofen or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (ask your GP for advice)
- Corticosteroid injections, which can help to reduce pain and inflammation
- Physiotherapy, massage, thermotherapy and regular shoulder exercises
- Surgery if there is no improvement within six months
Making your home more comfortable
In addition to these treatments, many patients find that adjustable beds really help to relieve the symptoms of frozen shoulder]. These beds allow you to regularly adjust your position so that you are comfortable and the shoulder is supported, while still able to move. Adjustable beds help to prevent pressure on your joints and muscles, spreading your weight evenly and improving circulation.
Arise Mobility offers a range of adjustable beds to suit all budgets and we are confident that our beds will make you feel more comfortable as your shoulder recovers; whether you are sleeping, reading or watching television in bed. If you would like to know more about our adjustable beds, contact Arise today.