Pain in shoulders? It could be a Frozen Shoulder!



headerWe often underestimate the importance of our shoulders and forget that they are involved in almost all the daily activities performed by us. Simple activities such as taking a book off an overhead shelf, reaching an arm back to put on a coat, or even a simple morning stretch turns nearly impossible if your shoulders are weak. Shoulder pains and stiffness are common. But, if you are experiencing a severe seizure in shoulders or feeling the shoulders go freeze or struck when held in one position for a long time and if the pain worsens over the time, it may be a “Frozen shoulder“.

Frozen shoulder ( also known as “adhesive capsulitis” ) is the most common causes of intrinsic shoulder pain. Frozen shoulder isn’t as pleasant as it sounds. It refers to painful seizures and stiffness of muscles in the shoulder that is often followed by periods of immobilisation. The resulting disability can turn more severe and tends to get worse if left untreated. It affects mainly people of age 40 to 60 and is more common in women than men.

Causes of Frozen Shoulder:

The shoulder often freezes up because of an inactivity for an extended period, which may be due to an injury, surgery, or illness making you more vulnerable to inflammation and adhesions, which are bands of stiff tissues.  

Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder:

A frozen shoulder does not happen all of a sudden, but it develops over a period of time, and the main symptoms include:

● Pain often worsens at night

● Stiffness of muscle

● Limited movement of arm

Stages of Frozen shoulder: A frozen shoulder develops in stages.

 ● Freezing, or painful stage: The shoulder becomes painful and stiff during movement. Movement becomes limited. The pain typically worsens at night.

● Frozen, or adhesive stage:The shoulder becomes increasingly stiff, severely limiting the range of motion. Pain may not diminish, but it does not usually worsen.

● Thawing stage: Movements begins to improve. Pain may fade but reoccurs.

Diagnosis of Frozen shoulder:

Your doctor may suspect a frozen shoulder if the physical examination reveals limited shoulder movements. An X-ray may be done to see whether symptoms are for frozen shoulder or any other condition such as osteoarthritis or a fracture.

Treatment options at Apollo Hospitals:

Treatment for frozen shoulder involves stretching and sometimes injecting corticosteroids and numbing medication into the joint capsule. In some cases, surgery may also be advised to loosen the joint capsule.

Read more: Physiotherapy for frozen shoulder!

The Apollo Institute of Orthopedics is regarded as one of the best & top orthopaedics hospitals in India with a legacy of innovation and excellence. The Institute of Orthopedics is at the forefront in offering the latest Orthopedic treatments and surgical advancements in India on par with the best centres in the world. Our team of Orthopedicians are well trained at the top centres worldwide, along with with the latest cutting edge technology.

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