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Frozen Shoulder


Stiffness of the shoulder joint is not an uncommon symptom, but frozen shoulder can specifically occur after a big trauma like a fracture or surgery. Neck injuries/pathologies or damage to the nerves in the neck/shoulder can also result in frozen shoulder. In a few cases it is spontaneous.

The age group between 40 and 60 years are mostly affected. Women get frozen shoulder more often than men and it is more prevalent in the left shoulder compared to the right. Diabetes and thyroid disorders increase your risk of frozen shoulder occurring.

Diagnosis is fairly easy. There will be one of the above mentioned factors in most cases. The shoulder will be excessively painful and not easily moved due to the pain. The pain will slowly subside and severe stiffness will take its place. It can take between one to two and a half years to resolve completely.

Treatment is symptomatic. At the beginning of the injury modalities for pain are used. When the shoulder starts ‘freezing’, mobilization is the treatment of choice.

Call 780 723 1985 for a physiotherapy assessment if you are worried about your stiff shoulder.

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