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Updated: May 3, 2012 11:00 IST

Sedentary lifestyle triggers frozen shoulder problem

M. Sai Gopal
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Sedentary lifestyle, especially a work environment in which employees spend lot of time in front of computers, is triggering cases of frozen shoulder among many in the capital. Orthopaedics and physiotherapists point out that many neglect condition by brushing it away as normal pain only to realise later that they can't move the shoulder even an inch.

Physiotherapists point out that at least one out of every 10 persons has frozen shoulder condition. The frozen shoulder condition occurs because of inflammation and thickening of the shoulder capsule.

“Frozen shoulder condition is common among women. They get injured due to trauma but never visit the doctor. Women also don't know that this condition can be cured and there is no need for complicated shoulder procedures,” says Sports Medicine and Consultant Physiotherapist at Vivekananda Hospitals, Dr. M. Manjunatha.


While doctors maintain that the exact reason for frozen shoulder is yet to be known, broadly 5 to 10 per cent of frozen shoulder cases are due to diabetes and thyroid problems. Any kind of trauma and injury to the joints could also lead to such a condition.

Three phases

There are three phases in frozen shoulder condition. “In the first phase, persons will feel severe shoulder pain and yet patients can continue to move shoulders. This condition could last from five to nine months. The second phase is the frozen stage in which patients won't be able to move the shoulder and finally in the third phase, which could last for years, the shoulder is fully stiff,” explains Dr. Manjunatha.

Surprisingly, treatment modality for frozen shoulder does not entail complicated procedures. The ideal treatment is by physical exercises under the guidance of a physiotherapist.

“Pain killers, administering ultrasound high frequency current, low frequency current that produces a massaging effect can be used to reduce stiffness. Main treatment method is exercises,” he said.

Keywords: Orthopaedics

A good article where in I found out that i am in my First phase of the Sholuder probelm, but it would have been better if there are some simple do s and dont s posted in it as well , as pointed out earlier.
Does this occur because we do not sit in the right posture. I feel the height of my chair and table are mismatched and long hours of such discomfort gievs rise to pain in the sholulder blades. Will simple stretches help every hour. I guess we need to make conscious movement from our couches. Please post some do s and dont s. I do not want to go and visit the doctor for this.

from:  indu
Posted on: May 16, 2012 at 12:07 IST

Homeopath medicines are not panacea for all ills notably for orthopedic problems . It may be Okay as internal medicines for some.
They do have side effects and there is no well defined treatment to
counter them except its stoppage. Let us not unnecessarily glorify it
than it deserves.

from:  Rajagopalan
Posted on: May 5, 2012 at 14:14 IST

Homeopathy treatment is very helpful to me in reliving shoulder pain.

from:  n.arumugam
Posted on: May 5, 2012 at 07:03 IST

Physiotherapy will relieve frozen shoulder symptoms. The trick is to
persist with the exercises. Pain killers give relief but the pain
returns with greater intensity after the drug effect wears off.
Diabetics would do well to keep plasma glucose levels under strict
control for better management of pain in the shoulder. Exercises after
the frozen shoulder has set in should be done only with the guidance of
a qualified physiotherapist; doing it the wrong way may result in torn
ligaments or even fracture

from:  mysoorwala
Posted on: May 5, 2012 at 06:28 IST

Very True. I am 46 year Male working as software consultant was suffering from Frozen Shoulder. i was suffering for 3 years was on painkillers. Due to these painkillers gastric trouble starts.Thanks to Dr.Atul Wayal who cures my pain and suffering with online Homeopathy treatment.

from:  Parikshit Yadav
Posted on: May 4, 2012 at 16:01 IST

It's very nice piece of information in the current situation. As ,were
in the busy would we tend to ignore the basic health needs by not
respecting the pain or discomfort at the early stages. This ignorance
leads to complications in the later part of life.

It would have been nice if some basic information on do's and don'ts for
this condition was mentioned. Because many of us tend to worsen the
condition by stretching and massaging in improper way.

from:  Thirumugam
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 18:50 IST

Homeopathy treatment is very helpful in relieving the showlder pain and can be cured permanently

from:  S.Kalyanasundaram
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 14:42 IST
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