Friday, 27 August 2010

Frozen Shoulder aka Adhesive Capsulitis

Mr. Francis Lam is an upper limb surgeon and shoulder consultant, he gives some really great explanations on frozen shoulder in a simple easy to understand way.

Q. What is frozen shoulder?
A. Essentially a chronic fibrosing condition in which fibroblast cells become overactive and lay down abnormally thick layers of collagen causing marked thickening of the shoulder joint capsule. The capsular lining of the joint subsequently contracts and leads to shoulder joint stiffness and pain.

Q. What are the features of frozen shoulder?

  • Slow onset of pain felt near insertion of deltoid
  • Trouble sleeping on affected side
  • Restriction in both active and passive elevation & external rotation

Q. What's the difference between primary and secondary frozen shoulder?

See also Bowen technique

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