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The Diabetic Shoulder

Adhesive Capsulitis, or a frozen shoulder, is a poorly understood condition in which the deepest layers of soft tissue, called the joint capsulate, become diseased.

What are the commonest complaints?

Shoulder range of motion becomes very limited and painful.

What is the cause?

The cause of a frozen shoulder is still not known

  • Minor traumas,
  • Hyperthyroidism,
  • Psychiatric patients,
  • Post-surgical patients,
  • And prolonged immobilization of the shoulder may in someway cause this condition.

How does this affects the shoulder?

People with Frozen Shoulder typically lift the entire shoulder girdle when attempting to lift the shoulder.

The disease is characterized by 3 stages

  1. Freezing,
  2. Frozen,
  3. And thawing stages

What is the best treatment?

Physical therapy consisting of patient education, stretching, joint mobilization, and a home exercise program can help speed recovery.

What are the other possible options?

The treatments that decreased the likelihood of pain reduction and improved function were:

  1. Ultrasound
  2. Massage

 

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