Why Is Frozen Shoulder More Common In Diabetics?

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Presentation Of Frozen Shoulder Among Diabetic And Non-diabetic Patients☆

Go to: Abstract Objective The literature is inconsistent regarding the level of pain and disability in frozen shoulder patients with or without diabetes mellitus. The aim of this study is to evaluate some demographic features of frozen shoulder patients and to look into the disparity of information by comparing the level of pain and disability due to frozen shoulder between diabetic and non-diabetic people. This is a prospective comparative study. People with frozen shoulder attending an outpatient department were selected by consecutive sampling. Disability levels were assessed by the Shoulder Pain & Disability Index (SPADI). Means of pain and disability scores were compared using unpaired t-test. Among 140 persons with shoulder pain 99 (71.4%) had frozen shoulder. From the participating 40 frozen shoulder patients, 26 (65%) were males and 14 (35%) were females. Seventeen participants (42.5%) were diabetic, two (5%) had impaired glucose tolerance and 21 (52.5%) patients were non-diabetic. Mean disability scores (SPADI) were 51 ± 15.5 in diabetic and 57 ± 16 in non-diabetic persons. The differences in pain and disability level were not statistically significance (respectively, p Continue reading >>

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  1. hardaker

    Sometime last November my right shoulder started acting up and being irritated. It eventually got bad enough that I got a cortisone shot for it in Februrary (boy did that mess up my numbers!!! Geeze; I was warned, but spent 3 days over 200 no matter what I did....). The shot did, fortunately, work quite well until one day when I reached for something quickly and nearly collapsed in pain.
    I've since been to PT 7 times, and it's helped but mobility is still significantly impaired. Supposedly diabetics aged 40-60 are somewhat likely to get it.
    My primary questions are:
    How long did it last for you if you had it? Online research shows 2 years or so of frustration.
    Did you regain full mobility at some point?
    Any suggestions that seemed to help you more than others for regaining mobility?
    [Back to stretching and icing....]

  2. [deleted]

    Yeah I've been dealing with that for the last year/year and a half. Best thing so far for it has been stretching. Granted, they can REALLY hurt, it's slowly improved mobility and the last few months it's starting to not hurt as bad.
    My doctors have all told me it's common with T1's and there's not much else to do besides stretches and it will get better, albeit very slowly.

  3. hardaker

    Thanks for the info!

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