Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), is a disorder in which the shoulder capsule, the connective tissue surrounding the glenohumeral joint of the shoulder, becomes inflamed and causes persistent stiffness of the shoulder joint, which makes it very difficult to carry out the full range of normal shoulder movements and every day tasks such as dressing and driving.
Pain is usually constant and worse at night, making it impossible to sleep comfortably, and in the winter when the weather is colder. Some people find they are unable to move their shoulder at all, which is why the condition is known as a frozen shoulder.
The exact cause for frozen shoulder is unknown and it can last from five months to three years or more. It is thought in some cases to be caused by injury or trauma to the area; it is most common in people between the ages of 40 and 60 and is more common in women than men.
There are three stages in the development and recovery of frozen shoulder:
Shockwave therapy for frozen shoulder aims to aid and speed the recovery process. Ideally, you should have a consultation as soon as you believe you are in Stage One of frozen shoulder, although we do undertake shockwave therapy on patients in Stage Two. Generally, two or three appointments will lead to an improvement in the condition and a speedy recovery.
The latest focussed shockwave therapy offers a safer treatment option for people with diabetes who suffer from adhesive capsulitis. You can read more about it here.
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