Adhesive Capsulitis of Shoulder

Adhesive Capsulitis of shoulder is the clinical term for the condition which we commonly call the 'Frozen Shoulder'. It is a painful and disabling disorder of the unknown origin, due to which the shoulder capsule and connective tissue of the shoulder joint become inflamed and stiff, estricting the movement and causing chronic pain. This pain is usually constant, but worsens at night and with cold weather.This condition sets at a slower pace and fades away gradually may be within a year or more.

Frozen shoulder develops when the shoulder is seldom used due to pain, injury or health conditions like diabetes or stroke. Any shoulder problem may go further to develop into a frozen shoulder if its not employed to keep full range of motion. This obstructing disorder most often occurs after surgeries or injuries, in the age groups 40 - 70 years, in poeple with chronic diseases. It is more often seen in women than in men especially in post-menopausal women.

Treatment includes the pain killer drug therapy and soothed by the application of heat to the affected area, followed by gentle streching. By applying ice the pain and swelling can be reduced. Physio-therapy can increase the range of motion of the shoulder.

Most of the cases of frozen shoulder are preventable! Gentle, progressive range-of-motion exercises, stretching, and usage of the shoulder more often may help in preventing  frozen shoulder after surgery or an injury. But be patient and stick to your doctors advice, as frozen shoulder always get better over time!

Take Care!! Stay Healthy!!


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