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Adhesive Capsulitis


Adhesive capsulitis is a condition that shows two characters- pain and contracture. In this disorder, the shoulder capsule becomes stiff and inflamed due to which shoulder joint loses its motion. Patient will only experience motion when he makes attempt to move it. The condition is commonly observed in adults, above 40 years of age and more likely to affect women as compared to men. The disorder is commonly recognized as Frozen Shoulder also.

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The shoulder joint of human body is surrounded by shoulder capsule. When these capsules experience inflammation, shrinkage, thickening, then it is said person is suffering from adhesive capsulitis. Injuries like rotator cuff, bursitis, tendinitis, etc also cause the frozen shoulder. Those persons, who have diabetes, have undergone breast or chest surgery or suffering from chronic inflammatory shoulder’s arthritis are at a greater risk.

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Signs & Symptoms

Some of the common symptoms experience by suffers include shoulder immobility, extreme shoulder ache, etc. Commonly, it is observed that the condition appears in three stages:

  • Freezing- It is first stage that lasts for 6 weeks to 9 months. In this, person experiences mild pain. Pain becomes worst with the passage of time.
  • Frozen- Second stage of adhesive capsulitis is frozen which lasts for 4 months to 9 months. In the stage, a patient experiences slow improvement in pain, but stiffness still remains.
  • Thawing- It is third and last stage in which motion slowly comes back to the normal. The stage lasts for 5 to 26 months.

Needless to say, frozen shoulder requires aggressive treatment or else the condition will become so worse, that it will hardly improve

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One can keep the disorder of frozen shoulder at bay by keeping the shoulder joint at full motion even after feeling pain.

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Anti-inflammatory medication Modern Medicine

Anti inflammatory drugs are promarily given to reduce swelling and pain.A fact noteworthy to disclose is, normally, Adhesive capsulitis’ treatment runs for average time span of 18 months.

Physiotherapy Modern Medicine

Exercise and stretching are considered as best ways of regaining a lost motion and getting relief from pain. Sometimes, physical therapists also incorporate ice, heat, ultrasound and other modalities for treating the disorder.

Coritsone Injections Modern Medicine

Cortisone injections are primarily given for reducing inflammation of the immobile shoulder joints. Steroid treatments and surgery are also carried out for treating severe cases of adhesive capsulitis.

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