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Signs You May Be Suffering From Frozen Shoulder

The term frozen shoulder sounds quite serious, and in fact, this painful condition severely limits your range of motion. Also known as adhesive capsulitis, it can affect movements you take for granted like reaching upward or behind your back. These are signs you may be suffering from frozen shoulder.

What Causes Frozen Shoulder

Doctors are not completely sure why someone develops a frozen shoulder, but it commonly occurs in those people who had their shoulder immobilized for a time, like after a mastectomy or a fractured arm. Diabetes is another common risk factor for frozen shoulder.

Other risk factors include those with hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, Parkinson’s Disease, TB, and cardiovascular disease.

The Painful Gradual Frozen Shoulder

Shoulder pain

Frozen shoulder occurs gradually over months. The less you move your shoulder, the more painful it becomes to move. So, refraining from movement can make the condition more painful.

There are three recognized stages of a frozen shoulder:

If you get treatment during the first stage, you can decrease the pain and the duration of the condition. Recognizing the earliest signs of frozen shoulder leads to a faster resolution.

How Can You Tell If You Have Frozen Shoulder

The first sign is your inability to move your arm in different directions. Beyond that, you may have a frozen shoulder IF:

If these circumstances match your pain and range of motion, it is time to see a specialist at Nevada Orthopedic.

Treatments For Frozen Shoulder

Getting the proper treatment early can shorten the duration of this condition. Your physician may recommend exercises to improve your range of motion. This should only be performed with a physical therapist.

A steroid injection is another treatment for frozen shoulder. Joint distension is an injection of sterile water into the shoulder capsule to facilitate more stretch. Surgery is a rare treatment.

If you suspect you may be suffering from a frozen shoulder, contact Nevada Orthopedic at (702) 258-3773, as soon as possible for a diagnosis and treatment.

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