Frozen Elbow?

Frozen Elbow?

Frozen Elbow

When it comes to joint issues, one condition that often gets overlooked is frozen elbow, also known as adhesive capsulitis. This condition causes pain and stiffness in the elbow joint, limiting its range of motion and making simple tasks difficult.

Frozen elbow typically develops in three stages. The first stage is the freezing stage, during which you’ll start to experience pain and stiffness in your elbow. This pain may worsen at night and make it challenging to fully extend or bend your arm.

The second stage is the frozen stage, where the pain may decrease but the stiffness in the joint becomes more pronounced. This is when you’ll really notice a limited range of motion in your elbow, making it hard to perform everyday activities like reaching for items or lifting objects.

Finally, the third stage is the thawing stage, where the stiffness gradually starts to improve, and you regain some mobility in your elbow. This stage can last several months to years, and physical therapy is often recommended to help speed up the process.

Treatment for frozen elbow usually involves a combination of anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and in severe cases, corticosteroid injections or surgery. It’s essential to work closely with a healthcare provider to develop a treatment plan that’s tailored to your specific needs.

If you suspect you may have frozen elbow or are experiencing persistent elbow pain and stiffness, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention. Early intervention can help manage symptoms and prevent further complications. Remember, taking care of your joint health is crucial for maintaining an active and pain-free lifestyle.

Come visit our expert physiotherapist at Spark & Sound Health.

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