by Dr. Mohammad Shegeft
Though exercise and stretching continues to be the primary rehab treatment employed for adhesive capsulitis, or commonly known as the “frozen shoulder”, best results are only achieved if the involved muscles have been checked and treated for trigger points. Muscles that have trigger points are not able to relax properly and as a result will note strengthen with exercise. These trigger points will always cause the involved muscles to be weak and easily fatigued, hindering proper exercise regimen.
In the case of a frozen shoulder, most people have trigger points in the supraspinatus, infraspinaturs, teres minor and subscapularus muscles.
In the case of a frozen shoulder, most people have trigger points in the muscle of the shoulder known as the SITS muscles.
Of course trigger point injections is one of many different techniques that can help with frozen shoulder. It has been my experience that quickest and most lasting recovery is achieved when some or all of these techniques are used in conjunction to one another.
Some of other techniques that will help recovery time and lasting results are:
- Physiotherapy and home exercises to mobilize joint and soft tissue after or in conjunction with trigger point injections.
- Ultra sound therapy to reduce inflammation within the shoulder joint.
- Kinesio taping to provide stability to the shoulder, minimize pain, reduce inflammation and to provide continuous neuromuscular re-education.
- Acupuncture to help relieve pain and discomfort.
- Supplements and at time medication to reduce pain and inflammation within the body.