- by Bangalore Baptist Hospital
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- Jan 20 2018
What is frozen shoulder?
Frozen shoulder also called as adhesive capsulitis is a condition that causes stiffening of the shoulder, reducing its mobility. This condition is common among the age group of 40-60 years and it is more likely to affect women.
Symptoms and Causes
A person suffering from this condition has persistent pain and stiffness in their shoulder joint and it can by in one or both shoulders. This condition develops when a scar tissue is formed which causes thickening of the joint. This tightens the shoulder joint hindering movement making the region stiff and painful. This could be a result of injury or fracture and is a common condition among diabetic patients.
Certain exercises can help prevent or reverse shoulder stiffness. It is best to try these under the supervision of an expert to prevent aggravation.
- Holding the affected arm and pulling it across the front of the body under the chin and holding this stretch for a minute
- Swinging the affected arm slowing in small circles
These symptoms will relieve over time and are observed to take a 3 stage course
- Initially the pain gradually increases restricting motion
- Slowly pain becomes stagnant, might reduce slightly but shoulder remains stiff
- Gradually movement improves and gets easier while pain may fade away and recur at times.
- Painkillers that help reduce inflammation and pain
- Hot and cold packs to deal with swelling
- In some cases injections are administered to reduce pain and swelling
- Physiotherapy to increase mobility without straining the shoulder
The doctor will suggest the best treatment option after diagnosis.
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