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Frozen Shoulder Pain Relief

Frozen shoulder is an uncommon and somewhat mysterious condition which afflicts middle aged and older persons. The cause is not clear in many cases although a minor or medium incident of some kind with the shoulder is quoted by some patients. Further information is available at Wikipedia's page on Adhesive Capsulitis, an alternative name for frozen shoulder, and at NHS Choices.

Frozen shoulder starts with shoulder pain, and for the majority of the first period of this condition the shoulder muscle pain is the major problem and very disabling. People find they are unable to sleep well or at all as the shoulder does tolerate lying comfortably at all, being forced to sit up to try to sleep. The range of movement may be greatly restricted with the arm becoming of little use.

With time the arm becomes stiffer so you cannot lift it up to do your hair or get it behind you to tuck in your shirt. The pain may subside slowly and the stiffness gradually resolve but you may be left with a limitation of your movement to some degree.

The whole process of settling down can take up to two years, but with injections, physiotherapy or surgery this can be as little as six to nine months, however you will need to persist with often painful therapy for a long period to get the best outcome.

Frozen shoulder is more common in certain health groups, for instance diabetes, and may occur in the other arm at some time as well.

Although neck pain from the cervical spine structures can be very important in the diagnosis of upper back pain and shoulder problems, it does not seem to have a major role in frozen shoulder. A shoulder pain trapped nerve problem may give a similarly severe and unpleasant pain in the shoulder and the arm but examination will distinguish one from the other. Severe pain in the neck and shoulder could be a shoulder pain cancer problem but this is very uncommon and again should be distinguishable from musculoskeletal pains during the assessment.

Since the changes which occur in the joints, ligaments and discs of the cervical spine rarely exist exactly symmetrically on both sides, it is common for people to have right shoulder pain or left shoulder pain and much less commonly to have shoulder pain on both sides.

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