Frozen Shoulder: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatment
Have you ever feel pain and stiffness in your shoulder? If yes, perhaps you might suffer from a frozen shoulder.
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This condition can affect your daily activities, such as working, dressing to driving because of the stiffness. So, what is this frozen shoulder condition? How can someone develop it?
What is Frozen Shoulder?
Frozen shoulder is a condition that causes pain and stiffness of the shoulder because of the inflammation in the capsule (lining) of the shoulder joint.
This condition commonly happens in women than in men, between the ages of 40-65.
The capsule (lining) of the shoulder is a loose and flexible structure that allows the shoulder to have a wide range of motion. In people with a frozen shoulder, this capsule becomes inflamed and tight.
What Causes a Frozen Shoulder?
Actually, the cause of frozen shoulder is still unknown, most of the time it occurs without a reason
People who have had a shoulder injury are more vulnerable to developing this condition. People with certain health conditions too; like people with diabetes, high cholesterol, or previous stroke.
In most cases, physical examination and patient’s history are enough to make a diagnosis. But X-rays or ultrasound can be done when the causes of the painful shoulder are uncertain.
What Are The Symptoms?
The symptoms of a frozen shoulder can sometimes happen in three phases.
- The freezing phase > Constant ache when doing particular movements, such as reaching out to the side. The stiffness might be unnoticeable at this phase.
- The frozen phase > Pain is present, but not as severe as the first phase. But the stiffness dominates in this phase.
- The thawing phase > In this phase, pain improves and stiffness subsides.
Treatment options for frozen shoulder depend on the stage of your condition.
If you are in the freezing phase, painkillers or anti-inflammatory medications may help.
If you are in the frozen stage, stretching or physiotherapy may help. If the pain and stiffness are severe, the doctor might give you the option to do Hydro-dilatation treatment or even surgery.
When To See A Doctor?
If your shoulder is too painful for some time, go to Okadoc.com or download our mobile app, and choose your preferred method of meeting your General Practitioner.
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