Frozen shoulder is a condition that typically affects women between the ages of 40 and 60.


It is very often related to immunological, biochemical and hormonal disorders at that age. Studies that have been conducted so far indicate that frozen shoulder may be associated with diabetes, thyroid dysfunction or increased blood fat levels.

Shoulder pain is examined by X-ray (especially after an injury) or ultrasound (which is very helpful in visualizing the soft tissues around the joint) and by magnetic resonance imaging. To confirm the inflammatory disease of the joints, laboratory tests should be performed: ESR, CRP, morphology, RF, aCCP, uric acid.

Frozen shoulder is a condition that can be divided into phases. The freezing phase lasts 1 to 8 weeks and is associated with limited movement, shoulder stiffness and pain. In the freezing phase, which can last up to 16 months, shoulder stiffness progresses, pain at rest decreases, and there are problems with daily activities. The final stage is the defrost phase, which lasts from 12 to 14 weeks. During this period, the mobility of the joint gradually returns to normal functionality. Often, however, there are cases of incomplete recovery, and the discomfort returns in the other shoulder.

Inflammation of the shoulder joint is one of the symptoms of diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and gout. These diseases cause the synovial membrane that fills the shoulder to overgrow and build up fluid inside. Shoulder pain is one of several symptoms, it is easy to recognize these conditions.

Shoulder joint inflammation is a varied disease that can affect bone components, cartilage, bursae, ligaments, tendons, synovium, or joint capsule. The disease may be chronic, acute or subacute. Possible causes of inflammatory disease of the shoulder joint are: microbial infections as a result of open wounds or in the course of infectious diseases such as syphilis, gonorrhea,

Tuberculosis or Lyme disease; injuries, micro-injuries and overloads;autoimmune reactions; connective tissue diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or juvenile idiopathic arthritis; other inflammatory diseases such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and gout. Inflammation of the shoulder joint causes severe pain that worsens as the disease progresses. In addition, there is joint sensitivity to touch, swelling and warming of the joint, reddening of the skin or impairment of joint functionality.

 The patient may also complain of a general malaise, including fatigue, muscle pain, fever or lack of appetite. Shoulder pain – what can my doctor help? Shoulder diseases are diagnosed by a doctor: orthopedist and rheumatologist. An orthopedic doctor treats shoulder pain caused by a mechanical injury. If shoulder pain is accompanied by other symptoms: swelling and stiffness of the joint, pain in other joints or general symptoms (feeling crushed, low-grade fever or fever, unjustified weight loss, malaise), consult a rheumatologist.


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