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Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of shoulder (frozen)

Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of shoulder (frozen)

Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of shoulder (frozen)

Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of shoulder (frozen)

Adhesive capsulitis is an inflammatory condition of the shoulder joint causing limitation of movement around it. It is also called “Frozen Shoulder”. It affects the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint.

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Incidence, age and sex

Adhesive capsulitis is a fairly common disease of adulthood, mainly seen in the fourth to fifth decade. It seems to be more frequent in women than men.

Signs and symptoms

A person with a frozen shoulder may have stiffness of the affected joint associated with limited range of movement. At times, dull aching pain at the shoulder joint may prevent the use of that shoulder joint. Moreover actions like combing hair, buttoning of shirt become increasingly difficult in a person with a frozen shoulder.

Causes and prevention

Adhesive capsulitis is a condition wherein the capsule around the shoulder joint shrinks and develops stiffness, causing restricted movement at the joint. Occasionally, some adhesions may also form in this capsule which further deteriorates the range of movement. No apparent causes of adhesive capsulitis has been established. But a few factors are seen to precipitate the occurrence of this frozen shoulder. Such factors are diabetes, thyroid disorders, prolonged immobilisation of shoulder joint and cardiac disease.

Complications

There are no complications of a frozen shoulder except for complete restriction of movement in the affected shoulder joint. This may be seen if the episodes of adhesive capsulitis are ignored.

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