Possible Link Between Frozen Shoulder and Diabetes

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Possible Link Between Frozen Shoulder and Diabetes

Postby Aaron » Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:25 pm

As if being diabetic isn't bad enough, doctors have now noticed a link between diabetes and frozen shoulder. For diabetics who don't know, frozen shoulder as it is commonly called, or adhesive capsulitis as it is properly called, is a painful condition that occurs when the joint capsule of your shoulder becomes inflamed and stiff.

Frozen shoulder has several stages:

Your shoulder aches, your muscles might spasm, and sometimes the pain is worse at night. This stage can last anywhere from a few weeks to eight months.

Your shoulder becomes more stiff because your ligaments shorten and can't stretch, causing you to lose mobility. This stage can last from two to six months.

Your ligaments start to stretch again and your shoulder and arm regain some or most of their natural movement. However, healing may come in steps, with pain along the way as the lining of your joint stretches out. This stage can last from one to nine months.

So, if left to run its course, frozen shoulder can last from eight months to 17 months or more. Some cases have lasted two years or more.

Different articles state different statistics to quantify the relationship that doctors have noticed but don't fully understand:

According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 20 percent of diabetics experience frozen shoulder. Only about five percent of non-diabetics get this condition.

According to Arthritis Care and Research, Patients with diabetes are 1.32 times more likely to develop frozen shoulder than individuals without diabetes after adjusting for other factors.

According to Ronald Grisanti, American Chiropractic Magazine, Volume 32, Issue 5: The prevalence of diabetes in patients with adhesive capsulitis was 38.6%, whereby the total prevalence of a diabetic condition in patients with adhesive capsulitis was 71.5%

Even worse, According to the American Diabetes Association women are more likely to develop frozen shoulder than men, and frozen shoulder occurs most frequently in people between the ages of 40 and 60.

So good luck to all you female diabetics between the ages of 40 and 60!

So what can you do if this happens to you? During the first stage you can use cold therapy to keep the pain from inflammation down to a minimum. During the second stage you can use electro-magnetic energy waves to help keep your tissues soft and bendable and pliable and ultrasound waves to break down the scar tissue and mend any small tears that you may have. During the third stage you can continue using ultrasound waves and electro-magnetic energy waves to ensure that your recovery is quick and not so painful.

Shortening the time period of your frozen shoulder with these therapies will allow you to concentrate on caring for your primary condition which is diabetes.

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