Shoulder joint which allows us to use our arms is the most complex joint enabling us to move in 6 directions. Consisting of muscles, bones, nerves, veins, number of bonds and other supporting tissues, shoulder joint may cause pain for different conditions affecting these components. If the disorder is not treated in a timely manner, lifelong movement restrictions and weakness and increasing pain may be observed.
Shoulder diseases can result both from the shoulder area and from heart, lung, liver or cervical disk hernia.
If you have difficulties in raising your arm, cannot comb your hair or overlie on your arm, we can say that you are a possibly suffering from the frozen shoulder disease.
Frozen shoulder is a condition characterized by pain and movement restriction on the shoulder due to insufficient mobility of the shoulder joint for various reasons. It recovers in time only when a proper treatment is applied. The individuals suffering from this disease have difficulties in spreading their arms laterally, taking their arms to their back, combing their hair or taking an object from high.
Movement restriction may be necessary for some time in case of muscle injuries and tears resulting from exercising as well as fractures and dislocations, frozen shoulder disease may appear after the immobility period. Restriction of movement on the arm for some weeks may lead to frozen shoulder disease.
Frozen shoulder pains may be observed for a long period of time if an individual strains his/her shoulder. Frozen shoulder disease is frequently observed in individuals with a cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease, tuberculosis, lung tumours, diabetes, high cholesterol and thyroid gland disease. The patient avoids of moving his/her arm due to the initial pain. Movement of joint subsequently becomes more restricted due to the contraction of muscles and bonds.
Unfortunately patients do not pay attention to shoulder pains at the initial stage unless the pain is severe and they use their shoulders actively in daily life. This, in turn, leads to late commencement of the treatment. The patients who are not properly treated have to put up with lifelong restriction of shoulder movements.
Such electrotherapy devices as hyle therapy and ultrasound, exercises specifically intended for the frozen shoulder disease and manipulative methods form the basis of the treatment. Accurate arrangement of exercises is major step of recovery. The factors leading to the disease should also be taken into consideration. Intra-articular cortisone injections on the shoulder must not be randomly performed. They are preferred only for reducing the pain because they can prevent tissue recovery.
Surgical methods are applied for the patients with advanced stenosis and contraction on their shoulder joint capsules.
It is possible to recover from lifelong shoulder pain and inability to use one’s arm completely after patient evaluation and the designation of a root cause oriented treatment.