WHAT IS FROZEN SHOULDER
Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition
WHAT ARE COMMON FROZEN SHOULDER SYMPTOM?
Symptoms begin as a gradual onset and progress through the following
1. Painful (Freezing) stage
- Pain in the shoulder joint with any movement
- Pain might get worse at night
- Limited shoulder movement
- Little to no response to anti-inflammatory medication
- This might last from 6 to 9 months.
2. Frozen (Adhesion) stage
- Pain starts to subside but stiffness gets worse
- Shoulder movement becomes extremely limited that can reduce daily activities.
- This stage might last from 4 to 12 months
3. Thawing (Resolution) stage
- Shoulder movement begins to improve, and the range of motion starts to go back to normal.
- This might take between 6 months to 2 years.
WHAT CAUSES FROZEN SHOULDER?
The causes of Frozen Shoulder are unknown. However, certain groups of people are more likely to suffer from frozen shoulder:
- Women are more often than men
- People whose ages are between 40 and 60
- Those in the process of recovering from a medical condition like a stroke, or surgery like a mastectomy that keeps them from moving the arm
- People with diabetes (10-20%), heart disease, thyroid disease, or Parkinson’s disease
- People with poor biomechanics and postures.
WHICH TREATMENTS ARE RECOMMENDED TO REDUCE FROZEN SHOULDER
WHAT SHOULD BE AVOIDED IF I HAVE FROZEN SHOULDER?
- Avoid frozen food, fast food, carbonated drinks, packaged food, refined products, and other stimulants such as coffee or tea
- Avoid heavy exercises
- Avoid exposure to cold environments
- Avoid skipping meals
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