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Frozen Shoulder: Need to Know 4 Important Things

  • Dr M Shahadat Hossain (P.T)
  • 13th January, 2022 09:56:29 PM
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Frozen Shoulder: Need to Know 4 Important Things

A frozen shoulder is an inflammatory condition of the shoulder joint. It is often caused by repetitive use of the shoulder, or it can be due to decreased blood flow to the joint. The muscles that support the shoulder become weak and gradually over time, the ball of the humerus bone will slip out of its socket in the head of the arm bone. When this happens, movement becomes restricted and painful.

What may be the reason for frozen shoulder? 

The shoulder is moved by muscles that are attached to the bone. These muscles are called the rotator cuff which works in conjunction with the other muscles in the arm, chest, and back. Normally, these muscles move in an even rhythm to help the body move through space. A frozen shoulder is caused when one or more of these muscles seize up due to injury or trauma. The result is a stiffening of the joint which makes it difficult to move the arm with pain.

There are many different causes for frozen shoulder, but the most common cause is non-use of the shoulder. The other main cause for frozen shoulder is a fracture of the tip of the shoulder bone (the humerus). This can happen in an older person with osteoporosis or after an injury that has fractured the end of the bone. Another very common cause of frozen shoulder of diabetic patients. These causes a lack of motion in the shoulder and causes the frozen shoulder to develop over time.

Diagnosis: How do you know if you have a frozen shoulder? 

A frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition in which the shoulder capsule becomes inflamed and stiff. The pain is often so severe that it limits your range of motion. A person with a frozen shoulder will have trouble lifting their arm due to the constant pain they experience. Frozen shoulder often begins with a minor injury or strain to the shoulder, which causes inflammation of the tissues. This can lead to scarring and pain throughout the shoulder. The most common causes a fall onto an outstretched hand or arm. This makes simple movements like picking up a cup, brushing your hair, or even turning the shoulder head difficult to impossible. Also, it is difficult to wearing dress, combing, touching the back. Painful, stiff, and limited movement in the affected shoulder. The pain will be greater when you move your arm but can also become a constant discomfort. The pain may be so severe that you cannot sleep at night. Pain is most noticeable in the morning and gets easier as the day progresses. However, once your arm has been resting for a while, the pain will worsen if you start to move your arm. The shoulder may become fixed and unable to rotate or lift out of a forward flexed position.


Some easy way to treat the frozen shoulder

Treatment for a frozen shoulder may include things such as range of motion exercises, anti-inflammatory medication, prescription steroid injections, and progressive strengthening of the surrounding muscles. Physical therapy is mostly recommended to help with pain management and restoring or improving mobility in the shoulder joint. A frozen shoulder is a painful condition that can have a major impact on your life if you allow it to. By getting the right treatment and management early, you can help reduce the symptoms while promoting healing. If a frozen shoulder is not treated, it can lead to long-term pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion.

Also, there are some natural treatment options for frozen shoulder. One of the most effective treatments for a frozen shoulder is capsaicin, which is found in chili peppers and other spicy foods. Capsaicin in helps with inflammation and pain and is used to help with arthritis pain. Capsaicin is effective in managing frozen shoulder, but the side effects are more common than the benefits. It can cause stomachaches, heartburn, headaches, and skin rashes.


How can we prevent frozen shoulder?

To prevent this serious condition, you must avoid sudden movements and stretch your arms frequently to keep everything limber and relaxed. You also have to get good sleep and avoid stress. It is good to keep your shoulders warm as well, you can do this by using a heating pad or even just wearing a jacket inside the house.

The best way to prevent frozen shoulder is to have good posture. If you are out of shape or overweight try getting in better shape and lose the weight. The more weight you carry around the more pressure is put on your shoulder joints and tendons. If you have a desk job, try to take breaks every hour or so for about 10 minutes, get up, and walk around.

Lastly, it is evident that frozen shoulder is a serious condition that can have debilitating consequences. It is important to be vigilant of cold temperatures, avoid extreme movements, and keep restricted areas warm. The condition will typically improve over time, but it may take many weeks of physical therapy or self-care treatment options to get back into one's normal routine. It is clear that frozen shoulder is a serious condition that can have debilitating consequences.


The writer is Chief Consultant, ASPC Manipulation Therapy Center ( www.aspc.com.bd)