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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Homeopathy remedies for Frozen Shoulder

Homeopathy remedies for Frozen Shoulder 



Frozen shoulder is stiffness, pain, and a loss of motion in shoulder joint. Frozen shoulder is also called as Adhesive Capsulitis. It may happen after an injury or overuse or from a disease such as diabetes or a stroke. The tissues around the joint stiffen, scar tissue forms, and shoulder movements become difficult and painful. Shoulder pain begins slowly until you cannot move your shoulder at all. The condition usually comes on slowly, and then goes away slowly over the course of a year or two or more. However can be relieved much early (within 3 to 6 months) with homeopathy treatment. Frozen shoulder occurs in about 2% of the general population. It most commonly affects people between the ages of 40 and 60, and occurs in women more often than men.

Frozen shoulder, medically referred to as adhesive capsulitis, is a disorder in which the shoulder capsule, the connective tissue surrounding the gleno-humeral joint of the shoulder, becomes inflamed and stiff, and grows together with abnormal bands of tissue, called adhesions, greatly restricting motion and causing chronic pain.

Movement of the shoulder is severely restricted. Pain is usually constant, worse at night, when the weather is colder. This condition can last from five months to three years or more and is thought in some cases to be caused by injury or trauma to the area. It is believed that it may have an autoimmune component, with the body attacking healthy tissue in the shoulder. The condition may also cause chronic inflammation. Adhesions grow between the joints and tissue, greatly restricting motion and causing a number of painful complications. There is also a lack of fluid in the joint, further restricting movement.

Frozen shoulder is characterized by pain and loss of motion or stiffness in the shoulder. It is also known as 50 shoulder in alternative medicine in Asia because its victims are usually people around the age of 50. It affects more women than man. The recovery is very slow

Symptoms of frozen shoulder

In frozen shoulder, the shoulder capsule thickens and becomes tight. Stiff bands of tissue (adhesions) develop. In many cases, there is less synovial fluid in the joint.
The hallmark sign of this condition is being unable to move your shoulder - either on your own or with the help of someone else. Pain from frozen shoulder is usually dull or aching. It is typically worse early in the course of the disease and when you move your arm. The pain is usually located over the outer shoulder area and sometimes the upper arm.

Symptoms

    • Onset: insidious.
    • Pain in shoulder, upper arm.
    • Severe aching pain.
    • Restricted shoulder movement.
    • Difficulty in routine activities, e.g. combing hairs, wearing shirts.

Signs

    • Uniform impairment of all shoulder movements.
    • Restricted flexion, extension, abduction, circumdiction.


Causes of frozen shoulder

The bones, ligaments and tendons that make up your shoulder joint are encased in a capsule of connective tissue. Frozen shoulder occurs when this capsule thickens and tightens around the shoulder joint, restricting its movement. It's more likely to occur in people who have recently experienced prolonged immobilization of their shoulder, such as after surgery or an arm fracture. Frozen shoulder can develop when you stop using the joint normally because of pain, injury, or a chronic health condition, such as diabetes or a stroke. Any shoulder problem can lead to frozen shoulder if you do not work to keep full range of motion.
Certain factors may increase your risk of developing frozen shoulder:

Age and sex

People 40 and older are more likely to experience frozen shoulder. Most of the people who develop the condition are women.

Immobility or reduced mobility

People who have experienced prolonged immobility or reduced mobility of their shoulder are at higher risk of developing frozen shoulder. Immobility may be the result of many factors, including:
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Broken arm
  • Stroke
  • Recovery from surgery

Systemic diseases

People who have certain medical problems appear to be predisposed to develop frozen shoulder. Examples include:
  • Diabetes
  • Overactive thyroid (Hyperthyroidism)
  • Underactive thyroid (Hypothyroidism)
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Tuberculosis
  • Parkinson's disease

Diagnosis of frozen shoulder

During the physical examination, you are asked to perform certain actions to check for pain and evaluate your range of motion. These may include:
Hands up: Raise both your hands straight up in the air
Opposite shoulder: Reach across your chest to touch your opposite shoulder.
Back scratch: Starting with the back of your hand against the small of your back, reach upward to touch your opposite shoulder blade.
Frozen shoulder can usually be diagnosed from signs and symptoms alone. Frozen shoulder is suspected if a physical examination reveals limited shoulder movement. But imaging tests such as X-rays or an MRI can be done to rule out other structural problems.

Treatment of frozen shoulder

With conventional medicine, frozen shoulder treatment involves controlling shoulder pain and preserving as much range of motion in the shoulder as possible.

Medications

Over-the-counter pain relievers can help reduce pain and inflammation associated with frozen shoulder. In some cases stronger pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed.

Physiotherapy

A physical therapist can teach you stretching exercises to help maintain as much mobility in your shoulder as possible.

Surgical and other procedures

Frozen shoulder, if not better with above treatment within 12 to 18 months, your doctor may suggest:
Steroid injections: Injecting corticosteroids into your shoulder joint may help decrease pain and improve shoulder mobility.
Joint distension: Injecting sterile water into the joint capsule can help stretch the tissue and make it easier to move the joint.
Shoulder manipulation under anesthesia: In this procedure, you receive a general anesthetic so you'll be unconscious and feel no pain. Then the doctor will force your shoulder to move in different directions which causes the capsule and scar tissue to stretch or tear. This releases the tightening and increases range of motion. Depending on the amount of force used, this procedure can cause bone fractures.
Surgery / Shoulder Arthroscopy: If nothing else has helped, you may be a candidate for surgery to remove scar tissue and adhesions from inside your shoulder joint. Doctors usually perform this surgery arthroscopically, with lighted, tubular instruments inserted through small incisions around your joint.
Long-term outcomes after surgery are generally good. In some cases, however, even after several years, the motion does not return completely and a small amount of stiffness remains. Although uncommon, frozen shoulder can recur, especially if a contributing factor like diabetes is still present.


Homeopathy treatment:

For frozen shoulder, homeopathy should always be tried before corticosteroids injection or before going to surgery because in most of the cases surgery or other procedures can be avoided with homeopathy. With a regular course of 4 to 6 months frozen shoulder can be relieved completely with homeopathy. Homeopathy medicines are even preferable to taking pain killers or anti-inflammatory drugs for long. All homeopathy medicines are very simple to take, effective, and safe and without any side effects.
Recovery of a frozen shoulder may take one to two years; however with homeopathy it is much faster. There should be no reason to suffer for months together when it can be cured early with homeopathy. Homeopathy is highly recommended in every case of frozen shoulder.


Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc. A miasmatic tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) is also often taken into account for the treatment of chronic conditions. The medicines given below indicate the therapeutic affinity but this is not a complete and definite guide to the treatment of this condition. The symptoms listed against each medicine may not be directly related to this disease because in homeopathy general symptoms and constitutional indications are also taken into account for selecting a remedy. To study any of the following remedies in more detail, please visit our Materia Medica section. None of these medicines should be taken without professional advice.
Homeopathic Remedies

Calc phos.

Rheumatic pains in shoulder and arm, also with swelling of the diseased part and febrile heat. Ulcerative pain especially in roots of finger nails of right hand, and in middle finger. Gouty nodosities. Soreness, torpor, and paralysis of the (left) arm.
Paralysis of the joints of the hand and of the fingers, especially in the thumbs, sometimes from a chill.
For persons anaemic and dark complexioned, dark hair and eyes; thin spare subjects, instead of fat. Spine weak, disposed to curvatures, especially to the left; unable to support body; neck weak, unable to support head.

Ferrum met.

Shootings and tearings in the joint of the shoulder, and in the arm, or pullings or paralytic weakness, and heaviness. Cracking in the shoulder-joint. Nightly tearing and stinging in the arms. Uneasiness in the arms. Swelling and desquamative of the skin of the hands. Cramps and numbness in the fingers.
Persons of sanguine temperament; pettish, quarrelsome, disputative, easily excited, least contradiction angers; >. from mental exertion. Irritability: slight noises like crackling of paper drive him to despair. Women who are weak, delicate, chlorotic, yet have a fiery red face. Extreme paleness of the face, lips and mucous membranes which become red an flushed on the least pain, emotion or exertion. Worse in winter.

Ferrum phos.

Violent drawing, tearing pain right shoulder and upper arm, worse violent motion of arm, better gentle motion, so that patient hardly kept it still at all, somewhat sensitive, deadness in right hand. Acute rheumatism of right deltoid, unable to wear cloak. In right shoulder-joint acute rheumatism, red, swollen, very sensitive. Swelling of elbow from sprain. Rheumatism in wrist. Wrists ache with loss of power to grasp. Palms of hands hot, with children. Nodule on dorsum of left little finger. Contracted fingers from acute rheumatism.
Ferrum is used in first stage of inflammation.

Rhus. tox

Swelling, stiffness, and paralysed sensations in joints, from sprains, over-lifting, or over-stretching. Lameness, stiffness, and pain on first moving after rest, or on getting up in morning, better by constant motion. Trembling or sensation of trembling in imbs. The limbs on which he lies, especially arms, go to sleep. Rheumatic tension, drawing, tearing in limbs, during rest. Excessively cold hands and feet all day.
Adapted to persons of rheumatic diathesis; bad effects of getting wet, especially after being over-heated. Ailments: from spraining or straining a single part, muscle or tendon; overlifting, particularly damp ground; too much summer bathing in lake or river. affects the fibrous tissue, especially; the right side more than the left. Pains: as if sprained; as if a muscle or tendon was torn from its attachment; as if bones were scraped with a knife; worse after midnight and in wet, rainy weather; affected parts sore to touch. Lameness, stiffness and pain on first moving after rest, or on getting up in the morning >. by walking or continued motion. Great restlessness, anxiety, apprehension; cannot remain in bed, must change position often to obtain relief from pain.

Ruta g.

Wrenching pain in the shoulder-joint, especially when permitting arms to hang down or when resting on them. Shocks in arms as if in bones. Dull tearings in bones of the arm and joints of elbow. Pain as from contusion in joint of elbow. Pain in forearms as well as in bones and joints of hands as if they had been beaten. Pressive and spasmodic drawing and tearing in forearms, hands, and fingers. Paralytic stiffness of wrist. Wrenching pain or shootings in wrists. Sensation as from a sprain and stiffness in wrist. Bones of wrist and back of hand painful as if bruised when at rest and when moving. Pain in wrist (as from a sprain) on lifting a weight. Numbness and tingling in hands after exertion. Spasmodic contraction of fingers. Swollen veins on hands, after eating. Warts, with sore pains, flat, smooth, on palms of hands.

Sanguinaria can.

Rheumatic pain in right arm and shoulder, worse at night in bed, cannot raise arm, motion (turning in bed) much worse it. Pain in top of right shoulder. Pain in right deltoid. R. arm hung helpless. Coldness in body and right arm. Burning of palms. Stiffness of finger-joints