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Conditions associated with frozen shoulder

The following conditions are frequently associated with frozen shoulder 

Diabetes

It is well known that there is a connection between diabetes and frozen shoulder. There is a 10-20% occurrence of this condition in diabetics, and up to a 36% likelihood in diabetics who are insulin dependent.

The formation of new blood vessels is common is diabetes, and has also been found in frozen shoulder, indicating another link between the conditions.

Dupuytren’s contracture

This interesting condition shows up as fibrous nodules and pits in the palm of the hands and soles of the feet. If it progresses it can contract and pull the fingers down into the palm. Surgical management may be necessary and is often successful.

Dupuytren’s is also associated with frozen shoulder, the incidence varying (with different researchers) from 18% to over 50%. Since dupuytren’s is also associated with diabetes this fits the picture well.

Heart disease

Frozen shoulder has a connection with heart disease, and raised lipid levels in the blood are found in people with diabetes, Dupuytren’s condition and frozen shoulder.

Psychological factors

There is no connection between these factors or personality type and frozen shoulder. On the other hand, the severe pain lasting for some time could cause psychological changes such as depression.

Minor injury

Frozen shoulder can be brought on by a minor or moderate injury such as falling on the outstretched hand and spraining a wrist or getting a wrist fracture. The jarring through the shoulder may start off the process.

Brain surgery

Frozen shoulder has been noted in people who have had this form of neurosurgery. It is possible that patients who show this have been on anti-epileptic medication, phenytoin (connected with Dupuytren’s condition) and phenobarbitone (connected with frozen shoulder) being commonly used.


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