Posted by: Tobie | 2009/01/28

Frozen shoulder

Had cortisone injectin by GP and referred to ortho surgeon for scan. Diagnosed with frozen shoulder. Prescribed pain tablets. Condition now for about 6 mnths. Able to move shoulder more and better, but still very painful especially at night when trying to sleep.

Am 47 years of age and gym actively. Should I continue with gym? What is link between diabetes and frozen shoulder? Any further advice wrt treatment?

Thank you.

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Dear Tobie

We have put a fair amount of information on our website: kindly look at and look under “frozen shoulder”. I assume that the diagnosis that you were given of frozen shoulder was correct. Patients in the age-group 45-55 (especially females) is the group that most often suffer from frozen shoulder. The cause of this condition is unknown and there is a high association with diabetes. Most of these improve spontaneously and the majority will end with no further problem. Cortisone given into the joint itself can help to improve matters but one must take caution as cortisone can push up your blood sugar. The fact that you are slowly improving may well mean that you are going into the third phase of the disease and that it will soon be resolved. You may certainly do exercises as you will not prolong the condition.

It is admirable that your doctors have treated this conservatively and not embarked on any surgical procedures.

All the best


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