One day you’re perfectly fine, and the next you are struck by tormenting shoulder pain – the kind that makes your heart skip a beat. And many sleepless nights accompany you thereafter.
Hello friends, this is Dr Sharad Kedia, the best rehabilitation specialist in Jaipur and your friendly consultant. Do you feel the same?? Helpless?? Vulnerable??
Welcome to the miserable world of frozen shoulder!!
What does frozen shoulder refer to??
Frozen shoulders, clinically known as adhesive capsulitis, can literally develop overnight. The capsule (lining) of your shoulders gets stiff and inflamed, which gives enormous amounts of shooting pain with certain arm movements. Gradually, it becomes immobile for a few months or years or longer and that’s how your shoulder freezes!!
Can it be treated?
Of course, yes!! Treatment for adhesive capsulitis includes
- Mild – a range of modern exercises
- Moderate – corticosteroids and numbing medications injected into the joint
- Severe – “Arthroscopic surgery” which loosens the joint capsule to ease the movement
What are the symptoms??
Typically, a frozen shoulder undergoes three stages namely,
- Freezing stage: it lasts up to 2-9 months during which any shoulder movement causes pain and the shoulder’s ability becomes limited
- Frozen state: it extends from 4-12 months while the shoulder gets stiffer and the pain may lessen. It turns more difficult to employ your shoulder in any work
- Thawing stage: this stage includes improved shoulder’s ability to move which goes on from 5-24 months
What causes frozen shoulders??
The main reason that lies behind the frozen shoulders is that the capsule that encloses the shoulder joint, gets thickened and tighter. Further, it causes the shoulder to have restricted movement.
- Age and sex: people who are 40 and over, particularly women, are more prone to develop frozen shoulders
- Immobility or reduced mobility: a shoulder that’s kept still has a higher risk of developing frozen shoulders. Restricted movement could be a result of a broken arm, rotator cuff injury, recovery from surgery or stroke
- Systemic diseases: people with certain diseases are often put at the risk of getting a frozen shoulder like hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease
Seeking a personal consultation??
- Want to know the treatment options? Is it just medicines or exercises or pain interventions (USG guided) or a combination of above?
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