• Doctor PARVEEN KUMAR REG. PT.
  • Category Treatment
  • Location 462 Hazeldean Road, Unit 3, Kanata, Ontario K2L 1V3

Frozen shoulder is a painful condition that affects your shoulder and causes stiffness. Having a frozen shoulder is no laughing manner as the symptoms can last up to 3 years.

The shoulder is made up of three bones that form a ball-and-socket joint. These 3 bones are:the upper arm (humours), the shoulder blade (scapula), and the collarbone (clavicle). There’s also connective tissue in your shoulder that holds everything together. This tissue is known as the shoulder capsule. Frozen shoulder is when the shoulder capsule becomes so incredibly thick that it enables the shoulder to move.

Symptoms

The main signs of a frozen shoulder are pain and stiffness which make it difficult and almost impossible for one to move their shoulder.

If you have frozen shoulder, you’ll most likely feel pain in one shoulder and feel pain in the muscles that surround your upper arm. With time, the pain will get worse, especially at night, making it almost impossible to fall asleep.

 

Causes

Frozen shoulder is most common among woman between the ages of 40 and 60. However, the risk of developing frozen shoulder may increase if you’re in the process of recovering from a medical condition that may prevent you from moving your arm like a stroke or a surgical procedure like a mastectomy. Moreover, other health complications can also increase the risk of getting frozen shoulder. About 10% to 20% of people with diabetes get a frozen shoulder. Other medical problems like Parkinson’s disease, heart diseases, and thyroid disease are also linked to frozen shoulder.

Diagnosis

In order to diagnose frozen shoulder, the physiotherapist will perform a physical examination. The physiotherapist may also ask to see the results form any X-rays or ultrasoundsto rule out other problems like arthritis.

Treatment

  • A corticosteroid injection: Injection to help increase shoulder motion
  • Joint distension: Injection of sterile water to affected area which will make it easier to move your shoulder
  • Physical therapy: Results with this are mixed, and it may be more useful during certain phases of the frozen shoulder than others
  • Surgery:Essential for treating frozen shoulder
  • Shoulder manipulation:Loosens up your shoulder but, this is rarely done because shoulder manipulation has been replaced with arthroscopic surgery

 

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