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Frozen Shoulder/Adhesive Capsulitis

Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis is a painful condition of the shoulder. It is prevalent primarily in females between the ages of 40-60. One or both shoulders can become extremely painful with marked reduction in range of motion of the shoulder(s) due to thickening and adherence of the ligaments and capsule of the joint. the exact cause is unclear and can occur after treatment for breast cancer or injury to the shoulder or no apparent injury at all. It appears to be linked to hormonal change and blood sugar levels. This condition often restricts and limits activities of daily living like dressing, grooming, driving, lifting, turning in bed and exercising to name a few. It is often self-limiting but can take a very long time to heal, one to three years, if left untreated. Physical therapy including, myofascial release, joint mobilization, therapeutic modalities and stretching exercises can be very helpful in speeding the healing process. I can relate to those who are suffering from frozen shoulder myself. After an injury to my shoulder 7 months ago, my shoulder became intensely painful, with limited motion and decreased function. Thankfully, I am on the mend with lots of physical therapy and some acupuncture!!! If you are suffering from a frozen shoulder, don’t wait to get treatment. Early intervention can make a world of difference.

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