Should you have the misfortune to be diagnosed with a condition of ‘frozen shoulder syndrome’ you should be aware that this name is slightly erroneous. The shoulder is not ‘frozen’ and the ‘syndrome’ it refers to is a collection of symptoms that follow a particular clinical pattern. The ‘shoulder’ bit is actually correct
The more accurate clinic diagnosis is ‘adhesive capsulitis’.
Medical semantics aside what is this shoulder condition? what can the patient expect with this diagnosis? More importantly what can be done for what can be particularly debilitating and very painful presentation?This collection of symptoms mentioned above include, pain (constant, variable worse at night and occasional with cold weather), inflammation and variable loss of movement in the fibrous capsule surrounding the (shoulder) gleno-humeral joints.
Certain movements, sleeping positions and/or bumps can provoke episodes of tremendous pain. These are also associated with muscle spasm and cramping. (more…)