It’s winter! Is that why Frozen Shoulders happen?
Frozen shoulders have nothing to do with the season - cold or otherwise. This condition is caused due to limited or no movement to the shoulder, when arm movement is kept to the minimum to help easy recovery from stroke or surgery.
It’s a condition that causes shoulder pain (mild to severe) and makes shoulder & arm movement difficult. It is also called ‘periarthritis’ or simply ‘painful stiff shoulder’.
What causes a Frozen Shoulder?
This condition usually affects only one shoulder at a time and can get better on its own. However, it is known to last up to 2 or 3 years. There are instances where it has spread to the other shoulder as well.
The reasons for this occurrence are ascribed to shoulder injuries, bone fractures or a surgery involving the shoulder. Even for cases of heart surgery, Frozen Shoulders have occurred. The main trigger is that during these situations, it is advised not to move the arm or shoulder in order to help in recovery. Prolonged lack of arm/shoulder movement can lead to frozen shoulders.
Other diseases or medical conditions which can trigger Frozen Shoulders are:
Sometimes, however, Frozen Shoulder’s causes can be unknown or undetermined. The science behind this condition is inflammation of the shoulder joint or formation of scar tissue within the ball-and-socket joint of the shoulder. This causes the tissues to harden or shrink, thus restricting the full range of motion of the arm/shoulder.
When experiencing similar symptoms, it is highly advisable to consult an expert Orthopedician or even a primary care-giver. Alerting the medical personnel in time, helps in identifying better treatment options.
How to prepare for the appointment?
Treatment Options for Frozen Shoulder:
Treatment for this condition is majorly physical therapy which is mostly prescribed. Slow and regular building exercises are recommended by the expert which help is gaining minimal motion back.
It is advisable to be aware of the changes in the body and keep medical professionals informed of the same for optimum health care.
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