Frozen shoulder, better known as adhesive capsulitis, causes limitation in shoulder movement. The issue gradually worsens over time.
What can lead to this problem? People who have had strokes, broken arms, and rotator cuff issues tend to develop this problem. Diabetes and Parkinsonism are also common conditions where the problem is seen.
Why does it develop? It is not always entirely clear, but immobility of the limb contributes to this. Ligaments and bones are surrounded by tissue to help provide support. When this thickens, the shoulder becomes more painful and it becomes hard to move. For some people, this pain can worsen at night- time and disrupt sleep.
Physical therapy and acupuncture can be very help in alleviating the pain. When these treatments fail, injections that distend the capsule can be very helpful at restoring motion. Of course, an MRI would also need to be done to evaluate for any intrinsic shoulder issue that may be contributing to the problem. If there is an underlying rotator cuff issue, platelet rich plasma can be very helpful at healing the surrounding tissues after capsule distention.
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