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Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder

What is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder is a condition in which there is stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. The problem starts slowly and becomes worse as the time passes. It usually resolves slowly within 1-3 years. The tissues in the shoulder become tight and stiff which causes limitation of movement in the affected shoulder joint. Frozen shoulder usually affects people who are in their 40-60 years of age.

Symptoms of frozen shoulder

There is severe pain in the shoulder joint which causes limitation in the movement of the affected joint. Due to less movement of the joint, it becomes stiff. When the problem becomes severe, the daily chores of life become very difficult like dressing up or reaching out to an item kept on high shelf.

Causes of frozen shoulder

The bones, ligaments and tendons of the shoulder joint are covered up by a connective tissue capsule. When this capsule thickens and tightens up surrounding the shoulder joint, there is restriction of movement in the joint which is called as frozen shoulder.

This condition is commonly seen in people who have diabetes or in those who had to keep their arm without moving for a couple of days or months due to some injury or a fracture.

Risk factors include:

  • It mostly occurs in women above the age of 40 years.
  • Those who have hormonal imbalances like hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.
  • Those suffering from diabetes.
  • Cardiovascular diseases.
  • Parkinson’s disease.
  • Those who have had an injury of the arm or a fracture which made them to keep the arm without moving for a couple of days or months.
Diagnosis of frozen shoulder

The diagnosis is made by certain physical examinations of the affected shoulder joint as well as some tests.

The patient is told to move his painful joint in certain directions in order to check for the mobility and the range of movement.

MRI scan and X-ray can be done to rule out other conditions which can present similarly.

Self -help for frozen shoulder
Homeopathic treatment for frozen shoulder

The homeopathic medicines are given after considering a proper medical history of the patient. The medicines provide a quick relief from pain and stiffness and improve the rate of movement of the affected joint.

Best Homeopathy medicines for  frozen shoulder

Calcarea phos

  • Rheumatic pains in the shoulder and the arm.
  • Swelling and heat of the affected part.
  • Soreness, paralytic feeling of the arm.
  • Gouty nodosities.
  • Paralysis of the joints of the hand and of the fingers.
  • Weak bones. Spine is weak and cannot support the body. Weak neck which is unable to support the head.

Ferrum metallicum

  • Cracking in the shoulder joint.
  • Irresistible desire to bend the arm with intense pain.
  • Sudden cramps and shooting or tearing pains in the limbs.
  • Rheumatism of the left shoulder joint.
  • Numbness of the fingers
  • Extreme paleness of the face, lips and mucous membranes which become red and flushed on least pain or exertion.

Rhus tox

  • The affected joint is hot, swollen and painful.
  • Tearing pains which spread to the nape of the neck.
  • By motion.
  • Limbs are stiff and paralyzed.
  • < after midnight, blows, jar, at rest, first motion.
  • Complaints occur due to over stretching, over lifting, sprain or strain.
  • Lameness, pain and stiffness on first moving the joint after a long period of inactivity.
  • Excessively cold hands and feet all through the day.
  • Great restlessness, anxiety and apprehension. Must change position in order to obtain relief from pain.

Ruta graveolans

  • Given for injured joints, tendons, bruised bones.
  • Cracking of joints < walking in the open air.
  • Tendons are sore and aching.
  • Over exertion.
  • Pain when the arm is hanging down or while resting on it.
  • Pain in the forearm as well as in the joints of fingers as if they were beaten.
  • Bones of wrist and back of hands painful as if bruised when at rest and even while moving.
  • Spasmodic contraction of fingers with swollen veins on hands.

Sanguinaria

  • Rheumatism of the right shoulder.
  • Cutting pain or stiffness in the right arm
  • Raising or turning the arm, night.
  • Pain in right deltoid.
  • Coldness in body and right arm.
  • Burning of palms.
  • Stiffness of finger joints.