[Fifty Shoulders] Frozen shoulder makes your shoulders stubbornly stiff? No need to take analgesics, cupping massage can relieve stiffness and pain caused by frozen shoulder
Frozen shoulder, commonly known as Fifty Shoulders, is the common name for mucosal bursitis, which is a shoulder disease that limits the range of motion. When the tissue in the shoulder joint thickens and tightens, scar tissue develops over time. Therefore, your shoulder joint does not have enough space to rotate normally. Common symptoms include swelling, pain, and stiffness. If you are between 40 and 60 years old, you are more likely to get this disease.
What are the symptoms of frozen shoulder?
When the shoulder starts to hurt, you will realize that the shoulder is frozen. Pain prevents you from exercising. Moving the shoulder less and less will increase its stiffness. Soon after, you discover that you cannot move your shoulders as before. It is difficult, if not impossible, to get an item on a high shelf. In severe cases, you may not be able to complete daily tasks involving shoulder movements, such as dressing.
What causes frozen shoulder?
If you have hormonal imbalances, diabetes or a weakened immune system, you may be prone to joint inflammation. Prolonged inactivity due to injury, disease or surgery can also make you more susceptible to inflammation and adhesions, which are hard tissues. In severe cases, scar tissue may form. This severely limits your range of motion. Normally, it takes 2 to 9 months for the disease to develop.
Who is at risk of frozen shoulder?
The disease is more likely to occur in middle age and is more common in women. If you have diabetes, your risk of developing this disease will increase threefold.
How to diagnose frozen shoulder?
If you feel stiff and painful shoulders, see a doctor. A physical examination will help assess your range of motion. When you perform a specific movement and measure the range of movement of your shoulder, for example, touch the other person’s shoulder with your hand, the doctor will observe it. Some tests may also be required. Your doctor may perform a magnetic resonance scan (MRI) to rule out a torn rotator cuff or other pathological conditions. X-rays can also be used to check for arthritis or other abnormalities. You may need X-ray arthrography, which requires the injection of dye into the shoulder joint so that the doctor can see its structure.
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