What symptoms can be expected?
The symptoms of ‘Frozen Shoulder’ can present as gradual developing pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. It can often be described as a dull, achy and even burning feeling that wraps around the top of the arm.
These symptoms typically get worse over a period of time (1-3 years) and commonly resolve themselves. But, if symptoms persist for more than two weeks, it is recommended that you see your doctor.
When does frozen shoulder present?
To help understand the condition ‘frozen shoulder’, let’s explore the shoulder joint a little more. There are three bones that make up the shoulder joint: upper arm (humerus), shoulder blade (scapula) and the collarbone (clavicle). The connective tissue holding these bones together is called the shoulder capsule.
The condition ‘frozen shoulder’ presents when the tissues of the shoulder capsule become thick, tight and inflamed – this results in restricted movement of the shoulder.
Bands of scar tissue then form inside the shoulder capsule causing less liquid (synovial fluid) to access the joint for natural lubrication.
Frozen shoulder can affect anyone, but you are more likely to develop it in your 50’s or 60’s. For unknown reasons, it is about five times more common in people with diabetes.
Treatment Options available
Our specialist team here at Wakefield Orthopaedic Clinic have treatment options available for those experiencing the symptoms of frozen shoulder. These can include simple shoulder stretches and exercises which can also be complemented with anti-inflammatory medications or localised cortisone injections.
In some of the more extensive cases of frozen shoulder, surgery can be considered to loosen the shoulder capsule and help regain mobility of the joint.
If you have any further enquires that we may be able to help you with, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our rooms.