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Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder is a condition characterized by pain and stiffness of shoulder joint. Symptoms begins gradually and worsen over time and then resolve. Mostly affects women more than men between the age group of 40 and 60.

The exact cause of Frozen shoulder is not fully understood. Arthritis changes of the shoulder, inflammation of the tendons, muscles, and ligaments of the shoulder can result in frozen shoulder. 

Some of the risk factors are-

  1. Age of 40 and above, particularly women.
  2. People who have systemic diseases like Diabetes, Hyper and Hypothyroidism, Heart diseases, etc
  3. People who have Immobility or reduced mobility of their shoulders are at higher risk.

Signs and Symptoms

The disease manifestation happens in 3 stages:

1.Freezing stage:In this stage, any movement of the shoulder causes pain and range of movements starts to become limited.

2.Frozen stage:Pain starts to reduce during this stage.But the shoulder becomes more stiff and range of motion becomes more difficult

3.Thawing stage:Here movement difficulty begins to improve

Ayurveda Treatment

Frozen Shoulder (Apabahuka) :The Ayurvedic View

Apabahuka is a condition which usually affects the Amsasandhi(Shoulder joint) and it is comes under Vatavyadhi.It manifests due to Dhatu Kshaya (due to tissue loss) and Margaavarana (Obstruction of Vatadosha by other doshas).

Amsasosha is considered as the first stage of this disease.Here shoshana (reduction) or Rukshana (Dryness) of Sleshakakapha from the shoulder joint occurs and manifests as restricted and painful shoulder movements. Injury or Trauma to the marmas of the amsa pradesha can be considered as a specific causative factor for Apabahuka.

General factors which cause vata aggravation and local changes in the shoulder joint resulting in stiffness,inflammation, pain,restriction of movements etc. 

Treatment: Ayurveda approach

Aim of treatment is to reduce pain and improve mobility.This is achieved through a protocol based treatment plan which corrects the pathological changes in the disease process,strengthens the joint and associated soft tissues.  

  • General line of Vatavyadhi treatment includes Snehana,Swedana,Snehapana,Shodhana,Shirovasti, Nasya and Shamanoushadas.
  • Depending on the site,patient should be given specific therapies like Choornapindasweda, Jambeera Pinda Sweda, Kayaseka, Shashtikapindasweda, pichu, etc
  • Movements of shoulders is effective in Apabahuka chikitsa

Our Approach

AyurVAID has pioneered evidence based, award winning precision Ayurveda based protocols to Musculoskeletal treatments. Following the fundamental principles of Ayurveda,our physicians perform an in depth assessment of the key symptoms and health factors of each patient to diagnose the root cause around your diet, individual constitution, lifestyle,work patterns and genetic predisposition.

Based on the assessment,we arrive at the optimal Ayurveda treatment protocol for Samprapti vighatan or breaking the etiopathogenesis, considering the extent of disease progression, risk factors, your individual constitution and the disease prognosis.This approach bridges the gap between the patient’s individualistic factors and the standard treatment protocols therapy making the therapy effective and safe.

Our whole person centric approach will help you regain your happiest and healthiest state of life. Our rehabilitation specialists will also give you advice on ergonomics, nutrition, and lifestyle changes to help you better manage Frozen shoulder. 

Patient centricity is at the core of Ayurvaid approach, and we have been widely recognised for our breakthrough approach.Some of them include:

  •  The first NABH accredited hospital in India,Quality council of India
  •  Winner of prestigious National; award for Best Ayurveda Centre of the year 2017 from Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India
  •  Industry best customer satisfaction score of 92% rated by our patients.

The AyurVAID protocol is based on the simple premise that the Physician must diagnose and treat only based on sufficient evidence. This evidence should be ‘patient or rogi based’ in addition to being ‘disease or roga based’ in accordance with the fundamental principles of Ayurveda.

How is this made possible?
  • A thorough and complete recording of the patient’s medical history, capturing every minute aspect of his/her lifestyle.
  • A thorough head-to-toe clinical examination, uncovering health risk factors that the patient is unaware of, directly connected or unrelated with his presenting medical complaint(s).
  • This process of detailed history recording and clinical examination- which includes the classical Srotha-Vikrti pariksha – leads to an accurate understanding of the Dosha status of the individual and lays the foundation for an accurate differential diagnosis and medical management.
  • Further, the patient is entitled to be clearly informed about the diagnosis arrived at, as also understand the medical management proposed for him. The Physician shall proceed only with the patient’s informed concurrence.

Key Outcome

  • Complete relief from pain
  • Easy mobilisation of joints
  • Improved quality of life

Frequently Asked Questions

What can you do at home to prevent Frozen Shoulder?
1. Do regular strengthening exercises of the neck and shoulders.
2. Avoid wrong postures
3. Regular oil massages at home.
4. Keep blood sugar levels under control.
What should be avoided by Frozen shoulder patients?
1. Avoid vata aggravating foods like frozen food, carbonated drinks, fast foods, bakery foods, etc
2. Vata aggravating lifestyles like late night sleep, night awakening, day sleep, irregular food habits, etc
How is frozen shoulder diagnosed ?
Clinical findings,X Rays and scan reports of shoulder helps in diagnosis.
What are the foods to have and avoid ?
Pathya Ahara Viharas(Wholesome diet and habits):

1.Freshly prepared warm and unctuous food
2.Include antiinflammatory foods in diet and good water intake.
3. Regular mild exercises

Apathya Ahara Viharas( Unwholesome diet and habits):

1. Exposure to cold water and cold weather
2. Overexposure to A.C, fan
3. Heavy exercises
4. Improper postures while sitting, laying, etc
5. Light,Dry and cold foods
What are the yoga poses suitable for frozen shoulder?
Yoga for Frozen Shoulder:
1. Surya Namaskara
2. Gomukhasana
3. Adhomukhaswanasana
4. Trikonasana

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