Frozen shoulder is a condition that is caused by shoulder stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint.

It occurs when a capsule of connected tissue enclosing the joints that makes tight and reduces its mobility. Frozen shoulder is also known as Adhesive capsulitis and it commonly affects the people aged between 40 to 60 years. It can affect one or both shoulders.

Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder

A person with a frozen shoulder will have painful and stiff joint pain and basically it has three stages.

  1. Freezing or Painful stage: Movement of the shoulder causes pain and it increases gradually that makes shoulder motion harder. This pain will increase more at night. It can last from 6 weeks to 9 months.
  2. Frozen stage: Shoulder become stiffer, Pain may decrease at this stage and movement may be restricted. It can last from 4 to 6 months.
  3. Thawing stage: The movement of the shoulder starts improving and Symptoms may start gradually and resolve within one or two years.

Causes of Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder occurs when the capsule of connected tissue thickens and tightens around the shoulder joint that will restrict shoulder movement. Synovial fluid enables the joint to move without friction.

Risk Factor of Frozen Shoulder

Common risk factors are:

  • Age: Above 40 years of age
  • Gender: 70% of people with frozen shoulder are women.
  • Diabetes: 10 to 20 % of people with diabetes suffering from frozen shoulder. Symptoms may be more severe.
  • Immobility: People who don’t do regular exercise to shoulder are having a risk of developing a frozen shoulder.

Are You Suffering from Frozen Shoulder

Treatment of Frozen Shoulder

There are several ways to relieve pain

  • Painkillers
  • Hot or cold compression packs
  • Physical therapy
  • Shoulder manipulation
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Corticosteroid injections

How to Prevent Frozen Shoulder

One of the reasons for the causes of frozen shoulder is Immobility that occurs during recovery of surgery, broken arm and stroke.

Exercises: Regular exercise can prevent the stiffness of the shoulder. One simple exercise is a crossover arm stretch.

Crossover arm stretch: Holding upper arm of the affected shoulder and pull the arm across in front of you under the chin. Hold for some time, relax and repeat. (Exercise should be guided by a doctor or physical therapist).

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