Frozen shoulder is a condition that is characterized by stiffness and pain in one's shoulder joint. This condition is also known as Adhesive Capsulitis.
Risk of developing a frozen shoulder increases if one is recovering from a medical condition or procedure that affects the mobility of the arm such as a mastectomy or a stroke.
The cause for this condition is unknown. It's more likely to occur in individuals who have recently experienced long-lasting immobilization of their shoulder, such as after an arm fracture or a surgery.
Common risk factors for frozen shoulders are:
- Gender- 70% of individuals with frozen shoulders are women
- Age- being over 40 years of age
- Diabetes- Individuals with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop frozen shoulder for unknown reasons; symptoms may be more severe.
- Recent surgery or arm fracture- immobility being common during recovery, may cause the shoulder to stiffen
- Having suffered a stroke
- Cardiovascular disease
- Hyperthyroidism & Hypothyroidism
- Parkinson's disease
If you have had any injury that is making it difficult for you to move your shoulder, talk to your doctor at the earliest.