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Frozen Shoulder Treatment

Frozen Shoulder Treatment


Frozen Shoulder
Frozen Shoulder affects 2% of the population at some time in their life.  In people with diabetes, up to 20% may develop Frozen Shoulder.

Frozen Shoulder is a condition that may occur spontaneously without apparent cause, or it may come on after an injury or surgery to the shoulder.  The disease starts as an inflammation of the capsule of the shoulder.  All joints in your body have a joint capsule. The capsule is a flexible thin membrane that lines the shoulder joint.  This inflammation is painful, and patients often experience severe aching pain, which can keep them awake at night.  The shoulder may be diagnosed as suffering from impingement because, at this early stage in the disease process, the two conditions appear very similar.

After some months of the capsule being inflamed, the shoulder becomes stiff.  The stiffness occurs as the capsule thickens and becomes fibrotic as a response to the inflammation of the capsule.  At this point, the joint is painful and stiff, which is particularly unpleasant. Eventually, the condition resolves entirely of its own accord. However, it may take one to two years to resolve, sometimes longer.

Due to the common relationship with diabetes, I recommend to patients that if they have Frozen Shoulder or think you might, it is advisable that they ask their GP about testing for diabetes. A simple, fasting blood glucose test is usually adequate.

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