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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is shoulder periarthritis?

Also known as "frozen shoulder". This condition is caused by inflammation of the ligaments and tendons (cartilage) around the shoulder joint. As the disease progresses, patients find it increasingly difficult to move the shoulder joint. Risk factors include diabetes, advanced age, and injury to the joint.

Symptoms of shoulder periarthritis

  • Shoulder pain

  • Moving the arm / shoulder worsens the pain

  • Muscle pain

  • Joint pain

  • Difficulty moving the joint(s)

  • Joint pain that is worse when moving the joint on your own, than if was moved with help

  • Arm pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for shoulder periarthritis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose shoulder periarthritis

  • Do you have shoulder pain?

  • Does your pain worsen when you move arms or shoulders?

  • Do you have any muscle pain?

  • Do you have any joint pain?

  • Are your joints stiff and difficult to move?

Treatment for shoulder periarthritis

Frozen shoulder usually takes 6-18 months for full recovery. Painkillers are useful, and gentle stretching and physiotherapy can help maintain shoulder flexibility and strength. Good control of blood sugar levels can help too, if the condition is caused by diabetes.

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