Frozen shoulder is a common but painful condition that initially starts as a painful shoulder and progresses to a stiff and painful shoulder over time.
WHO DOES IT AFFECT?
Frozen shoulder can affect up to 5% of the general population and up to 30% of people with diabetes. It’s also associated with hypothyroidism and Dupuytrens contracture. However, in most of the cases frozen shoulder is idiopathic (meaning without cause). It seems to affect those between the age of 40-60 years old and affects women slightly more than men.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:
WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE BODY?
The theory is that it begins with an immunological event that results in inflammation (synovitis) inside the shoulder joint that eventually causes tightening and contracture of the shoulder capsule. The capsule tightening is what leads to the profound loss of movement seen in a frozen shoulder.
WHAT CAN YOU TRY AT HOME?
HOW CAN PHYSIOTHERAPY HELP?
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