Thawing Out That Frozen Shoulder
Having trouble reaching behind your back? Do you struggle to button your shirt or tie your necktie? Does your shoulder hurt more at night while you’re trying to sleep? Is your golf game suffering because of shoulder pain? If so, you might be experiencing a painful — yet common — condition called adhesive capsulitis, also known as “frozen shoulder.” Read on to learn more about it, including treatment options.
What is frozen shoulder?
Frozen shoulder is a condition that causes pain and stiffness in your shoulder joint. Over time, the ability to move your shoulder is reduced, and it may get to the point where your shoulder literally becomes “frozen.” Frozen shoulder is not the same thing as arthritis, however.
Your shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint, much like your hip joint. The joint is covered by a capsule of ligaments. When frozen shoulder occurs, it means that the capsule and ligaments swell and become tight, making it difficult — or even impossible — to move your shoulder.
Who’s at risk for frozen shoulder?
People between the ages of 40 and 60 are more likely to have frozen shoulder, and this condition affects women more than men. In addition, you have a higher risk of it if you’ve had the following:
• Rotator cuff injury
• Broken arm
• Shoulder injury
Certain medical conditions also increase the likelihood of frozen shoulder, including:
• Thyroid disease (under- or overactive thyroid)
• Heart conditions
• Parkinson’s disease
• Hormonal changes
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