FROZEN SHOULDER? What causes frozen shoulder? What to do when shoulder become frozen? Can you imagine what would happen if one day your shoulders become “frozen”? Surely you will find it hard to perform a variety of daily activities, such as combing your hair, wash your hair (shampoo), brushing teeth, wearing a T-shirt or T-shirt, buttoned or open bra, took his wallet from his back pocket, and so . Yes, when your shoulders to be “frozen”, you will find it hard to move the arm in the shoulder joint. The term “frozen shoulder” is a literal translation of a condition known in the medical world as “Frozen Shoulder”.

Frozen Shoulder - Adhesive Capsulitis

Frozen Shoulder – Adhesive Capsulitis

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder is a term in the medical world to describe all disorders of the shoulder joint that causes pain and limitation of joint movement scope. Pain and limitation of the scope of the movement of the shoulder joint can occur due to interference with the muscular component (tendinitis), the soft tissue around the joints (bursitis), or in capsules (‘wrapper’) joints (capsulitis). The term refers more to the frozen shoulder disorders of the joint capsule (adhesive capsulitis).

The joint capsule becomes inflamed and then cause tissue adhesions around the joint or joint surface. This causes pain and limited scope of movement to all areas of the shoulder joint motion. Arm will be unable to be moved to the front of the top, to the top side, back, or hardly driven rotating the shoulder joint. Joint fluid can be reduced, and causes restricted movement of the shoulder joint.

Frozen Shoulder Causes 

Frozen shoulder begins with an inflammation or inflammation of the tissue around the shoulder joint capsule. Inflammation can occur as a result of trauma or injury to the shoulder or for any reason that is not clear (idiopathic). Frozen Shoulder can also occur when the shoulder put in the same position and without movement for a certain period or had a fracture shoulder which then put on cast to immobilized it.

Frozen Shoulder Risk Factors

There are several other conditions that increase the risk of frozen shoulder, such as stroke, diabetes (diabetes mellitus), ischemic heart disease (coronary heart disease), lung disease, thyroid disorders, and the tendency for autoimmune inflammatory reactions. Another characteristic of frozen shoulder are most commonly women sufferers over the age of 40 years.

Inflammation or inflammatory processes early in the joint capsule and surrounding tissue causing pain in the shoulder joint, especially when the shoulder joint is moved. The initial phase is often called the painful stage (stage pain). Gradually, the pain intensity increased and then will limit shoulder movement to both active and passive. Attachment-attachment that ensues between the joint capsule and joint surfaces, restricting the scope of the movement of the shoulder joint in all directions of motion fields and cause severe pain when the shoulder joint is moved. Patients often feel pain at night that disturb sleep. Painful This stage can last for months (6 weeks to 9 months), because it can cause people to be depressed.

Frozen Shoulder Stages

This condition is then developed to a stage called frozen stage (the ‘frozen’). At this stage, the pain can be reduced in intensity, especially the pain at rest / sleep, but the scope will be more limited joint movement, so that patients will be more difficult to lift his upper arm to comb my hair, to get dressed, brush their teeth, and so on. Frozen stage can last for 4-12 months. Time span the gamut early onset until full recovery can reach 12-24 months.

What to do for Frozen Shoulder?

When you feel pain in the shoulder should not be trivialized, try to get the proper treatment and handling. As an early action that can be done at home or when shoulder pain due to injury to the shoulder, was giving a cold compress on your shoulders to relieve pain and can be given painkillers available at home or can be bought freely, such as paracetamol. Shoulders can be rested 1 to 2 days, after that the shoulder should be set in motion. If complaints continue, immediately look for medical help. Many people often underestimate and considered trivial disorders of the shoulder joint is, they assume at most, simply because too tired, or because of a poor sleeping position causes the shoulders depressed, or because of lack of movement. And if allowed to stand, and did not get good treatment and handling, will develop into a frozen shoulder can interfere with quality of life.

Frozen Shoulder Treatment

Focus frozen shoulder treatment is to reduce inflammation and pain in the shoulder joint, as well as the scope of the movement to restore the shoulder joint.  Care must be taken with a combination of various modalities, such as:

  • Oral Medications
  • Anti-inflammatory injections
  • Physiotherapy
  • Manipulation Under Anaesthesia
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy

Need consultation? Our professional orthopaedic specialist, Dr. Kevin Yip, has more than 20 years experience. Be assured that you will be receiving professional treatments that suit your needs. Call us at (65) 66532628 or SMS at (65) 84998384

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