Frozen shoulder is a condition that makes the shoulder joint stiff and painful. It may be caused by injury or immobility, particularly if you’re unable to move your arm for a long time, such as after a fracture, surgery, or while recovering from a stroke. You also have a greater risk of developing the condition if you have diabetes, with as many as one in five diabetes patients experiencing frozen shoulder at some point in their lives.
The condition develops when the capsule (connective tissue) in the shoulder joint to become tight and thick. This can make it difficult to move the shoulder and can be very painful, especially at night. At first, the symptoms may seem minor or barely noticeable, but they typically intensify over time. While frozen shoulder generally resolves itself within one to three years, the condition often requires medical treatment and/or physical therapy.
One treatment that has prozen effective for many patients living with frozen shoulder is called Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP. In this post, we’ll take a closer look at what PRP treatment involves, and explore how it can help patients with frozen shoulder.
What is PRP?
PRP is a form of therapy used to rejuvenate the cells and encourage the body to heal itself. During the procedure, the therapist draws blood from the patient and puts it through a centrifuge in order to obtain Platelet Rich Plasma. This is a component of blood and contains a wealth of natural growth factors. When injected into the site of injury, it can stimulate the healing of damaged cells.
The therapist will usually repeat the procedure at intervals for a certain length of time to maximise the effects. They may also instruct the patient to perform certain stretching exercises after each treatment to improve flexibility in the joint.
Combatting the effects of frozen shoulder with PRP
A study published in 2016 showed that PRP is one of the most effective forms of treatment for frozen shoulder.
While many treatments for frozen shoulder have side effects, PRP has a low risk of adverse reactions. This is because the treatment uses blood extracted from the patient’s own body. As a form of therapy for frozen shoulder, it can reduce pain, restore limb function, and improve the shoulder’s range of motion more effectively than most other forms of treatment.
At Stem Cell Therapy, we use PRP to treat frozen shoulder and similar conditions. Our minimally-invasive methods employ the body’s natural healing processes to bring about restoration and rejuvenation. Get in touch today to find out if PRP can be effective for you.