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What Causes Frozen Shoulder Syndrome and How to Treat It



Imagine not being able to reach up and grab your favourite cereal box from a high shelf. This is a reality for many who suffer from what’s commonly known as frozen shoulder. Officially termed adhesive capsulitis, this pesky condition can seriously hinder our everyday motions, from brushing hair to waving hello. Join me as we navigate the ins and outs of frozen shoulder – from its mysterious origins to the light at the end of the tunnel.

Unravelling the Mystery: Why Does It Happen?

Although doctors and researchers are still piecing together the full puzzle, there are some culprits that might play a role:

  • Age and Gender: Strangely enough, if you’re between 40 to 60 and female, you might be more prone to this condition.
  • Injury or Surgery: Ever had to rest your shoulder after an injury or surgery? This could be a reason, as staying too still might lead to adhesive capsulitis.
  • Medical Baggage: Health conditions such as diabetes, thyroid issues, and heart diseases seem to rub shoulders (pun intended!) with this syndrome.
  • Chronic Inflammatory Troubles: Got rheumatoid arthritis? This might make you a tad more susceptible.

Spotting the Signs: More Than Just a ‘Stiff’ Problem

Frozen shoulder isn’t an overnight guest; it tends to linger and evolve:

  • Freezing Stage: This is when your shoulder starts giving you those painful hints and moving becomes a task.
  • Frozen Stage: Oddly, the pain might take a back seat, but the stiffness stays put, making daily chores a real challenge.
  • Thawing Stage: Good news – this is when your shoulder slowly but surely starts to let go and move more freely.

Diagnosis: Getting to the Root

Typically, an orthopaedic specialist will get you to move and twist in different ways, checking out your shoulder’s range. Sometimes, tools like MRI or ultrasound might come into play to get a closer look inside.

Road to Recovery: Treatment Options

Physical Therapy: Stretching and moving under the watchful eye of a therapist can work wonders.

  • Medication: The usual painkillers or anti-inflammatory drugs could be your buddies in pain relief. And for the tougher times? There are corticosteroid injections.
  • Surgical Intervention: If all else fails, some procedures could help, but they’re usually the last resort for the really stubborn cases.
  • Prevention: Keeping That Shoulder Groovy

While we can’t ward off every case of frozen shoulder, here’s what might help:

  • Stay Active: A bit of regular shoulder shimmy and shake (exercises, basically) could go a long way.
  • Swift Rehab: Bounced back from a shoulder injury? Get moving with some physio exercises to keep things limber.
  • Health Check: Keeping tabs on conditions like diabetes or thyroid issues can lower the risks.

In Conclusion

Dealing with frozen shoulders can feel like a marathon, not a sprint. But with early detection, the right care, and a sprinkle of patience, one can dance their way back to full shoulder freedom. Whether you’re a patient or a healer, remember: Every recovery story is a journey of resilience and hope.

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This article was written by our team of specialist therapists at Perfect Balance Clinic. If you would like more specific advice about how our team can help you with this condition or symptoms you may be having, please complete the contact form below and one of the team will get back to you shortly.

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