Frozen Shoulder - Cause

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What causes a frozen shoulder?

Frozen shoulder is the result of inflammation, scarring, thickening, and shrinkage of the capsule that surrounds the normal shoulder joint. Any injury to the shoulder can lead to a frozen shoulder, including tendinitis, bursitis, and rotator cuff injury (rotator cuff syndrome). Frozen shoulders occur more frequently in patients with risk factors of diabetes, chronic inflammatory arthritis of the shoulder, or after chest or breast surgery. Long-term immobility of the shoulder joint can put people at risk to develop a frozen shoulder.

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Comment from: kat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I was 49 when I got my first frozen shoulder. I had always been physically fit and healthy and had just started my own decorating business. I was applying a decorative plaster to a client's kitchen walls. I remember thinking how proud I was of myself for doing it so quickly and getting a nice workout at the same time. The plaster had to be scraped using a lot of pressure and I spent about 8 hours at it. Within days my super-woman shoulder wasn't feeling so super any longer and eventually, I learned I had frozen shoulder. It took a year to get better with about 85-90% of prior range of movement. I did some physiotherapy but it was too expensive so continued exercises at home but never religiously. Now, 9 years later, I have it again on the same shoulder. I had been getting some boxes down off garage shelves and doing overhead lifting for a few days. I'm into my 6th month and it feels more painful than the first one, but with no insurance, I will have to rely on exercises I did the first time and wait for it to heal on its own. Everything is difficult, sleeping, washing my hair, getting dressed, putting my seatbelt on, and especially walking my dog.

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Comment from: Carlos, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 22

I am suffering from frozen shoulder and I can directly attribute it to receiving a tetanus shot back in October. The tetanus shot typically causes some minor localized pain but this was different. The pain increased by the week as my range of motion (ROM) slowly decreased. I now have sharp jabbing pains in my arm and shoulder each morning as I get out of bed. Throughout the day I will feel stabbing pains when I use my left arm. Some of these pains will take my breath away. I do not have any health insurance so surgery is not an option for me right now.

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