Frozen shoulder in Ayurveda

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis forever, is a condition in which there is stiffness and pain in the joints of your shoulder. Signs and symptoms usually begin gradually and settle over time within one or three years. Frozen shoulder in Ayurveda is helpful for people those who are in the stroke rehabilitation stage.

When you recover from a stroke or a medical condition that prevents you from moving your arm, such as a mastectomy, your chances of developing a frozen shoulder increase.

Frozen shoulder, range-of-motion exercises and sometimes corticosteroids and numbing medications are injected into the joint capsule. In a small percentage of cases, arthroscopic surgery may be indicated to loosen the joint capsule to allow it to move more freely.

It is unusual for a frozen shoulder to recur on the same shoulder, but some may develop it on the opposite shoulder.

Frozen shoulders develop in three stages such as freezing stage, frozen stage and thawing stage. Each stage lasts for a number of months. The freezing stage is when any movement of your shoulder causes pain and your shoulder’s range of motion will become limited. In the Frozen stage, pain may begin to reduce during this stage but your shoulder becomes stiff and becomes more difficult to use it. In the Thawing stage, the range of motion in your shoulder begins to improve.

A capsule of connective tissue contains the bones, ligaments and tendons that make up your shoulder joint. Frozen shoulder occurs when this capsule thickens around the shoulder joint and restricts its movement.

Doctors do not know why this happens to some people, although it can occur in diabetics or those who have recently had to rest their shoulders for long periods of time, such as surgery or arm fractures. People who are 40 years older and especially women are more likely to have this frozen shoulder.

Also, People who have not been able to move for a long time or have reduced mobility of the shoulder are more likely to develop a frozen shoulder. Immobility may be the result of many factors such as

  • Rotator cuff gift
  • Broken arm
  • For stroke
  • Recovery from surgery

Lets see the Management of Frozen shoulder in Ayurveda

Management of Frozen shoulder in Ayurveda

Physical therapy and appropriate pain management therapy are important to control your frozen shoulder, improve your range of motion. Physical therapy is very important in the later stages when you experience pain and stiffness. Physical therapy usually includes shoulder exercises, physiotherapy techniques, and massage. Ayurveda is an excellent choice for treating the pain associated with Frozen shoulders. Ayurveda refers to Frozen shoulder as Aphabuka and there are two types.

It is associated with a type of dry swelling, which is primarily an air condition with racing or moving sensation. The second type is associated with moist inflammation caused by Kapha, which inhibits the movement of the vata and keeps the pain in a localized area.

Causing Factors of Frozen injury:

  • Injury
  • Overuse or repetitive movement such as office jobs, physical labour etc.
  • Having Diabetes or stroke.
  • Having Excess bitter and astringent foods
  • More exposure to wind and cold
  • Sitting in a wrong posture etc

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