Frozen shoulder commonly affects people between 40 and 60 years of age. People with diabetes may become immobile during recovery, causing the shoulder capsule to stiffen.
Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk/Avi Arya: Experiencing pain and stiffness in your shoulder, finding it extremely difficult to move it, there are high chances that you’re suffering from a frozen shoulder. Dr Sunil Sahi, an orthopedic surgeon based in New Delhi explains that “Frozen shoulder is a common condition where a person’s shoulder becomes stiff, leading to reduced mobility. This condition occurs when a scar tissue forms in the shoulder, causing the shoulder joint’s capsule to thicken and tighten. This leaves less room for movement, making it ache and go stiff.”
Delhi-based Shruti Bangera, who is senior SME- physiotherapy for the home-based medical app Portea, suggests three home-based remedial exercises for a frozen shoulder:
1) Hold one end of a three-foot-long towel behind your back and grab the opposite end with your other hand.
2) Hold the towel in a horizontal position.
3) Use your good arm to pull the affected arm upward to stretch it.
1) Sit or stand.
2) Use your good arm to lift your affected arm at the elbow and bring it up and across your body, exerting gentle pressure to stretch the shoulder.
3) Hold the stretch for 15 to 20 seconds.
1) Using your good arm, lift the affected arm onto a shelf about breast-high. Gently bend your knees, opening up the armpit.
2) Deepen your knee bend slightly, gently stretching the armpit, and then straighten.
3) With each knee bend, stretch a little further, but don’t force it.