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Causes and Treatments for Frozen Shoulder in Diabetes Patients

  • Jessica
  • Health Blog
  • June 4th, 2014
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Most of us are familiar with a number of medical conditions that can trigger discomfort in various parts of the body. Take a simple pregnancy for instance. The added weight of the baby, in addition to the hormonal imbalance caused by the pregnancy (that can affect how tissues like the ligaments behave) can make for pronounced lower back pain. Furthermore, a sudden heart attack can cause conflicting symptoms like numbness in the face which don’t seem particularly alarming.

When it comes to diabetes, a large majority of sufferers have to deal with what is known as frozen shoulder. This term describes the condition wherein movement of the shoulder is nearly impossible to execute without some degree of discomfort. Experts have long been divided as to what causes the condition, but some have suggested that the inflammation present in the shoulders from various ligaments and muscles is responsible. The exact mechanism to which this can be attributed to continues to evade doctors.

Regardless, since these symptoms can prolong for quite a few months, most patients want to know how they can hasten recovery. As in the case with treating regular muscle strains, inflammation in the affected areas needs to be controlled. This might not only help establish some mobility, but it will also serve a pain-relieving effect. Anti-inflammatory medications are readily available to fit the bill. The ones you find over-the-counter are based off generic formulations of ibuprofen and naproxen, and are sold under popular brand names like Advil, Aleve, and Tylenol. These medications are non-steroidal, so the risk of complications from use is minimal. You should take these medications once daily or as recommended by the dosing guidelines.


Frozen Shoulder in Diabetes

Although these will do sufficient work to combat the pain and fight swelling, you can get even better results by conducting regular treatments with ice. The ice should be placed in a lockable bag and should be used to treat the area for twenty or so minutes. The patient should then try to initiate movement in the area as at this point it should not incite any pain. If you need to loosen up any tightness in the area even further, use a handheld massager with the temperature setting adjusted to make the unit emit heat. It will take some trial and error before you get the right massaging technique down, but eventually you will find yourself being able to move your shoulder more and more. The entire ordeal will pass within some months, so place your confidence in the treatment and press forward.


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