It lasts from four to twelve months. During this time the pain is more severe. But, the little shoulder that becomes stiff cannot be moved at all.
In this stage you will move the arm a lot. It can be observed that the return of activities can take from six months to several years after the onset of symptoms. Everyone has trouble with a stiff shoulder. But taking precautions can reduce the severity.
People with diabetes are at increased risk of developing shoulder stiffness. Elderly people should be careful if this problem occurs after many days of diabetes. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels alter collagen, the key protein that makes up your connective tissue. So, people with diabetes are more likely to have the problem of shoulder stiffness. When sugar mixes with collagen, it becomes sticky. Makes it motionless. This will make your shoulder stiff. During this time it is painful when you want to work. In some cases, however, it is very difficult to move the shoulder.
If your shoulder doesn’t move for long periods of time, the shoulder becomes stiff. As when there is an injury, there is a disease. This problem is more common in women than men. It is more common in people between 40 and 60 years of age.
How to test
Shoulder stiffness is tested by symptoms. Doctors diagnose this problem by looking at your shoulder and how it moves.
Unfortunately, this is not to say that the problem will not occur. To avoid it, you need to keep your blood sugar under control as much as possible. Also, exercising is very important to keep your shoulder healthy.
Don’t forget that it is important to take precautions before you have this problem.
Many choose physical treatment, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and non-operative therapies.
Some people take steroid injections to relieve joint pain. If you have diabetes, it is best to talk to your doctor first. Because this treatment should be effective. If symptoms persist, procedures such as open capsular release and arthroscopic surgery may be considered.
- Now let’s see what precautions should be taken if the shoulder becomes stiff.
- If the shoulders become stiff in people with diabetes, some precautions can be taken to reduce this problem.
- Keep blood sugar levels under control as much as possible.
- Exercise daily.
- Medicines can be used as per doctor’s advice to reduce pain.
- A physical therapist can do some stretches to strengthen the shoulder.
- If you can’t do anything else, you can opt for surgery.
- Stop shouldering handbags. Give your arm some rest.
- Shoulder stiffness can be troublesome. It will keep you from doing things. But with good treatment the problem can be reduced.
–Dr Biren Nadkarni, Sr Consultant Orthopedic and Joint Replacement Surgeon, Sitaram Bhartia Institute and Holy Family Hospital, New Delhi.
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