Frozen shoulder is a condition where inflammation around the shoulder joint causes stiffness and pain.
The chances of developing frozen shoulder increase:
- If you are over 40
- If you are female
- If you have diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, or an overactive or underactive thyroid
- If you have had a previous shoulder injury and movement of the arm has been restricted
- If you have had shoulder surgery and movement of the arm has been restricted.
If you have frozen shoulder you may experience:
- Gradually worsening pain and stiffness
- Pain can be worse at night when sleeping
- Difficulty moving your arm and shoulder.
Diagnostic tests for frozen shoulder
To determine if you have frozen shoulder, your orthopaedic consultant will take a detailed history and will need to know about any previous injuries and what exercise you currently do.
You’ll be asked to move your shoulder through a range of movements so your orthopaedic consultant can assess your shoulder and see which area is causing the problem.
Your orthopaedic consultant may also suggest an X-ray or MRI scan to aid their diagnosis or check for another condition.
Frozen shoulder treatment
Your orthopaedic consultant will develop a personalised treatment plan based on your symptoms. It may include a combination of the treatments outlined below:
- Avoid movements or specific exercises that cause pain
- Use pain relief to manage pain and reduce swelling
- Physiotherapy, to help increase and improve movement in the shoulder, and strengthen your shoulder muscles
- Steroid injections in the shoulder.
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