Are you suffering from Shoulder pain?

Periarthritis of the shoulder, also known as frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. This condition typically progresses through stages and can limit the range of motion in the affected shoulder. Here are some key points about periarthritis of the shoulder:

  1. Symptoms:
    • Pain: Persistent pain in the shoulder joint, which may worsen at night.
    • Stiffness: Gradual onset of stiffness in the shoulder, making it difficult to move the arm.
    • Limited Range of Motion: Decreased ability to raise the arm or rotate it in certain directions.
  2. Causes:
    • The exact cause of periarthritis is not always clear, but it can be associated with inflammation and the formation of adhesions in the shoulder joint capsule.
    • Risk factors may include age (more common in individuals over 40), gender (more common in women), diabetes, thyroid disorders, and prolonged immobilization of the shoulder.
  3. Stages:
    • Pain Stage: Gradual onset of pain, especially with movement.
    • Frozen Stage: Increased stiffness and limited range of motion.
    • Thawing Stage: Gradual improvement in pain and stiffness, with a return to normal or near-normal function.
  4. Diagnosis:
    • Diagnosis is typically based on a physical examination, medical history, and imaging studies (X-rays, MRI) to rule out other shoulder conditions.
  5. Treatment:
    • Pain Management: Over-the-counter pain relievers or prescribed medications may be used to manage pain and inflammation.
    • Physical Therapy: Gentle stretching and range of motion exercises can help maintain flexibility and reduce stiffness.
    • Heat and Cold Therapy: Applying heat or cold packs can help alleviate pain and improve mobility.
    • Joint Distension or Corticosteroid Injections: In some cases, a doctor may recommend injecting corticosteroids into the shoulder joint to reduce inflammation.
    • Joint Distension or Hydrodilatation: This involves injecting sterile water into the joint capsule to stretch it and improve range of motion.
  6. Home Care:
    • Performing prescribed exercises regularly at home.
    • Applying heat or cold packs as recommended by a healthcare professional.
    • Avoiding activities that worsen pain or strain the shoulder.

It's important to note that the course of periarthritis can vary from person to person. Consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan tailored to your specific condition and symptoms.

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