Severe shoulder pain and an inability to move the arm are symptoms of a condition known as “frozen shoulder”. How to face it and understand it in a global way?
Frozen shoulder – how is it going?
The condition was discovered in 1934 as “immobilization of the shoulder due to inflammation of the joint capsule”. This term refers to conditions in which the main symptom is active and passive limitation in range of motion. If the condition occurs without any cause, it is classified as a primary frozen shoulder. If the cause is found, it is then referred to as a secondary form of “frozen shoulder”. In the primary form of this disease, the most important is a proper diagnosis to exclude any other pathology.
The etiology of primary frozen shoulder remains unknown. Nevertheless, the disease is more common in diabetes, where the risk of this disease is estimated at 10-19% of the diabetic population. The course of a frozen shoulder in diabetes is prolonged. Sometimes the disease does not heal completely and the full extent of the good is not recovered. There are also associations of this condition with Dupuytren’s contracture in the hand, as the incidence of a frozen shoulder is much higher in patients with this condition.
Frozen shoulder often occurs after immobilization, trauma, or surgery, but it can also accompany inflammation of the shoulder joints , calcification tendonitis or rotator cuff injuries. This disease also appears as a result of micro – damage, calcification in tendons, supraspinatus metabolic disorders and also due to the work performed – delayed overload of hands, jerks or blows causing microtrauma.