frozen shoulder

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What is the frozen shoulder?

He frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis is a disease characterized by stiffness of the shoulder, which in turn It causes pain and loss of mobility.

It is a very common condition in the meso-skeletal system, which is accompanied by a inflammation of the shoulder joint and capsule fibrosis. This makes activities of daily living very difficult, since the shoulder is a very complex joint.

Frozen shoulder can be a complicated condition to treat, because in many cases an obvious cause is not known and also Recovery usually takes a long time.


Symptoms of frozen shoulder

The symptoms of frozen shoulder are characterized by lack of shoulder mobility, produced by stiffness, which generates a lot of pain. Many times There is not even a cause or alteration in the shoulder that produces this condition.

The first symptom is pain, which causes shoulder movements to be reduced. The pain caused by frozen shoulder can develop slowly, although sometimes it appears quickly and unexpectedly. This condition can even cause difficulty sleeping. Sometimes when shoulder stiffness is very strong, the patient does not notice pain, however, when the joint moves suddenly they feel more acute and severe pain.

Another symptom caused by frozen shoulder is inflammation of muscle tissues or tendons, which which can cause the pain to spread beyond the shoulder joint.

Causes of frozen shoulder

The frozen shoulder It occurs because the bones, tendons and ligaments that make up the shoulder joint begin to thicken. of a capsule of connective tissue that covers the joint. This is why shoulder mobility is restricted.

Although in many cases the causes of the thickening of this capsule are unknown, there are some Circumstances that can lead to frozen shoulder:

  • Diseases in the cervical spine
  • General diseases such as myocardial infarction, diabetes mellitus or hyperthyroidism.
  • Having the shoulder immobilized for a long time, whether due to an injury, postoperative period, surgery, etc.
  • Tendinitis in the shoulder
  • Hormonal changes

How is frozen shoulder treated?

Existing treatments

Treatment of frozen shoulder can extend over a very long period of time, taking several months until results begin to be seen. This treatment consists of:

Physiotherapy in the affected area. It is the most common treatment.

Taking anti-inflammatory drugs.

Corticosteroid injections in the shoulder joint.

Forced injections contrast to try to increase the joint cavity and break the adhesions that this condition produces.

Attempt forced mobilization of the shoulder, if general anesthesia is available.

Benefits of our treatments

At our Wellness Retreat Clinics We are specialists in shoulder physiotherapy treatments and that is why we encourage you to speak with one of our specialists. 

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