Frozen shoulder

Serious restriction of shoulder movement caused by inflammation or injury. Inflammation of joint tissue can cause growths and calcium deposits, but one of the commonest causes of frozen shoulder is wastage of capsule and ligaments caused by keeping the shoulder still for a long period, either to avoid pain in shoulder conditions or by wearing a sling or plaster for too long. To avoid frozen shoulder it is thus important to use painkillers and remove dressings which restrict movement as soon as possible. Frozen shoulder is difficult to treat; extensive physiotherapy including heat treatment, massage and exercises can be used to try to extend movement gradually.

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