Frozen Shoulder: Treatments & Home Remedies

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For those who have experienced it, frozen shoulder is a frustrating and potentially debilitating condition that can last for up to a year before your shoulder will return to the normal condition. Therefore, properly understanding the causes, symptoms, treatment options and potential home remedies for this unusual condition is essential.

Treatments for Frozen Shoulder

As uncomfortable and mysterious as this condition is, a number of treatments have been found to be somewhat effective. They include steroidal injections, pain killers, anti-inflammatory medications and ointments, shoulder manipulation, surgery, and hydrodilatation.


Pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications can help relieve the swelling around the shoulder and prevent the tightening of the shoulder capsule.

Steroid Injections

Injections to the site of the shoulder can help to reduce the pain and improve mobility, particularly if you undergo this treatment early during the “freezing” phase of this condition.


One unusual treatment involves injecting fluid into the shoulder to stretch out the tightening tissue of the shoulder capsule, helping to prevent the advancement of this condition.

Shoulder Manipulation

In this procedure, patients receive anesthesia and the doctor manually manipulate the muscles to stretch the tissue and improve mobility, thus preventing the pain such stretching might usually cause in a conscious patient.


In rare cases, a two-part surgery is performed simultaneously, stretching out tense tissues and then slicing those tissues to improve its flexibility. This surgery requires a notable recovery time.

Home Remedies for Frozen Shoulder

If you believe that you are developing frozen shoulder, or if more formal treatments aren’t working to soothe the symptoms, you can use a range of home remedies, such as turmeric paste, ginger, coconut oil, and mustard seed oil, among others.

Turmeric Paste

Known around the world for its powerful anti-inflammatory capabilities, turmeric paste is easy to prepare and use. It can be applied daily to the shoulder to improve the normal healing process, while also reduce the inflammation and pain.

Coconut Oil

The antioxidants, healthy fats, and other anti-inflammatory compounds can help to reduce swelling in the shoulder and promote muscle growth in the area.

Mustard Seed Oil

Warm mustard oil can be applied multiple times each day to reduce the pain and inflammation of the shoulder, while also boosting the strength and mobility in that area.


Whether applying raw ginger to your shoulder or drinking ginger tea, this antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound is an excellent choice to relieve frozen shoulder symptoms.

Exercises for Frozen Shoulder

The best exercise for a frozen shoulder is actually a combination of stretching and aerobic exercises, as doing the latter can be dangerous without starting with the former.

You will want to begin by extending the shoulder by various stretches in each direction – above your head, out to the side, behind you and in large, loose circles. Performing low-impact exercises, such as swimming or very light weight-lifting, can help strengthen the area without straining the muscles, tendons, and tissues. Protection Status
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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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