Frozen Shoulder also known as shoulder contracture or adhesive capsulitis shoulder is a medical condition in which patients experience pain and stiffness of the shoulder which may worsen with time. In the most severe cases, a sufferer is unable to move their shoulder at all.
Frozen shoulder commonly a result of the thickening and inflammation of the flexible tissue that encapsulates the joint of the shoulder. Also causes include previous shoulder surgery or shoulder injury, health conditions such as a stroke or heart disease, diabetes or a condition called Dupuytrens contracture, where small lumps created by thickened tissue appear in the fingers and hands.
Recovery period after a frozen shoulder surgery vary from 6 weeks to three months.
The course of a frozen shoulder have three stages:
A shoulder support is a common treatment given to patients with frozen shoulder. Painkillers provide temporarily pain relief, whereas a support will ensure that the pressure and wear and tear on the area is minimized. Physiotherapy and gentle exercise may also be recommended in an effort to strengthen the shoulder and thus alleviate the pain.
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