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Frozen Shoulder/Adhesive Capsulitis

Are you experiencing shoulder pain and stiffness or unable to lift your hand up properly?
Are you frustrated with your frozen shoulder and seeking for a treatment to recover soon?

What is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder, also known as Adhesive Capsulitis, causes restriction of motion in the shoulder joint. It often occurs for no known reason and causes the capsules surrounding the shoulder joint to contract and form scar tissues.

Causes of Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder may develop after traumatic injury to the shoulder. However, it is not a usual cause. Some risk factors are:

Endrocrine Disorders – endocrine abnormalities like thyroid problem and patients with diabetes are at particular risk for developing frozen shoulder.

Age and Gender – Patients between the age of 40 to 60 years are more prone to frozen shoulder. It is more common in women.

Shoulder Trauma or Surgery – Patients who sustain a shoulder injury or undergo surgery on the shoulder can develop a frozen shoulder joint.

Different systemic conditions like heart disease, Parkinson’s disease etc., can also increase the risk of frozen shoulder.

When you have this problem, your shoulder joint becomes stiff and scarred. Moving your shoulder can also become painful.

Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder is typically characterised by a combination of dull, aching pain. Other symptoms include limited movement of the shoulder, difficulty with activities like brushing hair, putting on shirts and bras or even pain while trying to sleep on the affected shoulder.

Different stages of Frozen Shoulder

Painful freezing stage, frozen stage, thawing stage etc., are different stages of frozen shoulder.

How to Diagnose Frozen Shoulder?

Physical examination is the common method of diagnosing frozen shoulder. X-Ray is usually obtained to ensure the shoulder joint appears normal. MRI is sometimes performed in certain cases.

Frozen Shoulder Treatment

Frozen shoulder treatment includes physical therapy and pain relief. However, exercise, stretching, anti-inflammatory medications and anti-inflammatory injections are recommended too.

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