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Give ‘Frozen Shoulder’ The Shrug!Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

Frozen Shoulder

By Dara Mormile

In the fashion world, a ‘cold shoulder’ is a uniquely cut womens’ top that reveals slits of her upper arms for a sassy and subtle look…If you give someone the ‘cold shoulder’ it means you’re intentionally behaving unfriendly… Let’s take it up a notch - if you haven’t heard of ‘frozen shoulder’, you may want to add this term to your lexicon! 
  “We most often see ‘frozen shoulder’ syndrome affect those who are diabetic - and those who smoke,” said Patient Preferred Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. James T. McGlowan, MD, who noted that this condition is trademarked by pain, stiffness, and swelling of the shoulders that challenge the arms’ range of motion. The condition can sneak up on you suddenly - or progressively take over your ability to raise your arms or get your shoulder into the throwing position to reach for something. 
  Although women aged 40 through 60 may be prone to developing a ‘frozen shoulder,’ as perimenopause and menopause can lead to hormonal changes, most studies say there is no direct link between this condition and menopause itself. Dr. McGlowan debunked some of those myths - noting that rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are components that lead to irritation and wearing away of the shoulder capsule, which are the main sources of discomfort. 
  “Some frozen shoulder complications can result from overuse - maybe they’re overhead workers and their professions are physically demanding… Others can develop the condition after surgery due to scar tissue, thickening and calcification of tissues and formation of keloid tissues which are thick in that area,” the esteemed surgeon said. 
   Capsular release, which involves cutting and removing the thickened, swollen inflamed abnormal capsule tissue can be one of the most Capsular release, which involves cutting and removing the thickened, swollen inflamed abnormal capsule tissue can be one of the most invasive ways to help restore lost motion in the shoulder(s). Some of the more conventional methods of managing a frozen shoulder include: 
●   Physical therapy 
●   Regular intake of inflammatory and pain medications, including Motrin/Aleve before you go to sleep 
●   Gentle stretching before and after sleep 
●   Topical anti-inflammatory cream and patches 
Dr. McGlowan also said MRI tests don’t always clearly show development and evidence of ‘frozen shoulder’. The patient’s history and general physical diagnoses are the best way to determine if they’re susceptible to this uncomfortable condition. 
  Experts say it may be impossible to prevent many cases of ‘frozen shoulder’ but you can heat things up with gentle daily exercises and progressive range-of-motion workouts. And make sure you head to your doctor when you feel consistent signs of discomfort! Give the cold shoulder to ‘frozen shoulder’! 

James T. McGlowan, MD
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