Updated: May 31
Frozen shoulder can improve over time and may recover on its own, but this can take several months to years, depending on the individual case. Some people may experience a full recovery within 1-2 years, while others may continue to experience limited mobility and discomfort even after several years. Seeking treatment can help to speed up the recovery process and improve the overall outcome. It is important to note that without proper treatment, frozen shoulder can lead to long-term complications such as chronic pain and limited mobility.
There can be various reasons why a frozen shoulder may take several years to recover, such as:
Late diagnosis: If the condition is not diagnosed early and treatment is not started promptly, it can lead to more severe symptoms and a longer recovery time.
Severity of the condition: If the condition is severe, with a lot of inflammation and adhesions, it may take longer to recover.
Age: Frozen shoulder tends to be more common in people over 40 years of age, and older individuals may take longer to heal due to decreased flexibility and slower tissue repair.
Other health conditions: Certain health conditions, such as diabetes, can delay the healing process and increase the risk of complications.
Compliance with treatment: Non-compliance with treatment or failure to follow through with exercises and therapies can also prolong the recovery time.
Heat therapy and cold therapy are not as effective as using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to treat frozen shoulder
Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that affects the shoulder joint, causing stiffness, pain, and limited range of motion. While heat therapy and cold therapy may offer some temporary relief of symptoms, they are not effective in addressing the underlying cause of the condition. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) provides a range of treatment options that can help to alleviate pain and stiffness, improve range of motion, and promote healing of the affected tissues.
Acupuncture: One of the most widely used TCM therapies, involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body. This can help to stimulate the flow of energy and blood to the affected area, promoting healing and reducing pain and stiffness. Another TCM therapy that may be beneficial for frozen shoulder is cupping, which involves the use of special cups that create suction on the skin. This can help to improve blood flow and relieve pain and stiffness.
Chinese Herbal Medicine: Commonly used in TCM to address a range of health conditions, including frozen shoulder. Different herbs may be recommended based on the individual's symptoms and underlying causes of the condition. In addition, TCM practitioners may recommend dietary changes, such as avoiding cold and raw foods, to support healing and reduce inflammation.
AWT (Acoustic Wave Therapy): Is a non-invasive treatment that has been shown to effectively treat frozen shoulder. The sound waves are delivered through a device that is applied to the skin, and the waves penetrate deep into the tissues of the shoulder. This stimulates blood flow, reduces inflammation, and promotes the growth of new tissue.
Fuyang Tou Jiu: A traditional Chinese therapy that involves the use of herbal medicine and moxibustion, has also been used to treat frozen shoulder. With its focus on holistic healing and addressing the root causes of pain and inflammation, TCM may provide a more comprehensive approach to treating frozen shoulder than conventional therapies alone.