Frozen Shoulder- Causes, Symptoms, And Treatment


Frozen shoulder is a condition in which the shoulder joint causes pain and stiffness that gets worse and eventually goes away, during one to 2 years of time period. The shoulder of a human body is made up of three bones, forming a ball-and-socket joint- upper arm (humerus), shoulder blade (scapula), and collarbone (clavicle).

The shoulder joint is surrounded by a tissue, holding everything together, known as the shoulder capsule. This capsule becomes so thick and tight with frozen shoulders that it is difficult to move.

What are the symptoms of frozen shoulders?

  • Pain and stiffness to move the shoulder joint.
  • Pain in shoulder muscles on top of the arm.
  • Painful sensation in your upper arm.
  • Difficulty in sleeping at night because of the pain.

There are three phases with a frozen shoulder.

Freezing stage:

  • Severe pain in the shoulder at any time.
  • Gets worse over time and may sting more at night.
  • This can last in the range of 6 to 9 months.
  • Pain don’t allow you to move your arm freely

Frozen stage:

  • Your pain might improve however your stiffness gets worse.
  • Moving your shoulder turns out to be more difficult and it becomes more difficult to perform daily activities.
  • This stage can last 4-12 months.

Thawing stage:

  • Your range of movement begins to return to normal.
  • This can take in the range of a half year to 2 years.

What are the causes of frozen shoulders?

  • The number of women getting affected by Frozen shoulder is more as compared to that of men and the ideal age of causing such disease ranges from 40 to 60.
  • Your risk of frozen shoulder increases if you’re in the recovering process from a medical condition like a stroke, or surgery, keeping you from moving your arm.
  • If you have diabetes, you are more likely to get affected by frozen shoulders.
  • Heart related diseases, thyroid or other such medical problems are also responsible for frozen shoulders.

What are the treatments for frozen shoulders?

Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like headache medicine or ibuprofen can help relieve the pain and irritation in your shoulder. If they don’t help, your doctor might prescribe a stronger drug.

If the indications are extreme or don’t work on over the long haul, your primary care physician may suggest different sorts of medicines, including:

  • A corticosteroid injection in your shoulder joint to lessen your aggravation and increase your range of movement.
  • Joint distension: This implies your physician will inject sterile water into your shoulder capsule. This can help you move your shoulder without any problem.
  • Physical Therapy: Results with this are variable and more valuable during specific periods of frozen shoulder than others.
  • Medical procedure/Surgery: This is important to treat frozen shoulders. In any case, if different medicines haven’t helped, your doctor may suggest a surgery. It would be an arthroscopic keyhole surgery. That implies it’s done with small pencil-sized instruments that are inserted through minuscule cuts in your shoulder.

At SSB HEART AND MULTISPECIALITY HOSPITAL, we have a highly skilled team of orthopaedic surgeons that treat every disease related to the musculoskeletal system. This includes bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles.

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