Shoulder conditions can affect anyone of any age and gender. They may be the result of an accident or something completely unrelated. One of these conditions is referred to as a frozen shoulder, an issue that causes the patient to experience difficulty in shoulder movement and that can lead to a reduction in shoulder use.
Patients with this condition may also be unable to lift their arm fully or hold it out when fully extended. As a result, athletes who suffer from this condition will have their sports performance significantly limited. The condition may be caused by issues related to thyroid toxicity or immunodeficiencies, such as rheumatoid arthritis, SLE arthritis and diabetes. Injuries may also play a part, especially in sports that require extensive use of the muscles in the arms and shoulders, like tennis and golf.
Patients usually seek medical attention once they are unable to lift their arms or when they are experiencing difficulty in moving the shoulder. They may be having problems when dressing or when reaching up, to the side or behind, and they are struggling to partake in sports, such as volleyball, basketball, swimming, gymnastics or yoga. Patients could also experience pain when carrying out any of these activities — or even in the middle of the night when turning over from one side to the other.
Treatment is dependent on the type of frozen shoulder being experienced, for example, diabetics or thyroid deficiency sufferers will be required to medicate their underlying health condition. Alternately, patients who have suffered a bone fracture will require surgery to repair the affected bone as the first course of action, before taking anti-inflammatory medication and undergoing physical therapy or strength-conditioning for the affected shoulder.
If all these treatments are ineffective, the doctor will proceed with a progressive, modern treatment known as arthroscopic shoulder surgery. This technique is currently playing a huge role in the field of surgery, both at home and abroad, due to benefits that include minimal pain, scarring and blood loss, as well as fast recovery times and a reduced risk of post-surgery complications.
Patients are able to return to their daily lives shortly after this type of surgery which can be used to treat all causes of frozen shoulder. This reduces stress and torment for patients suffering from the condition, and improves the state of their shoulder to the extent that it may be used as normal again. With all these benefits, arthroscopic shoulder surgery can help patients make a full recovery and improve their quality of life.
M.D., Faculty of Medicine, Phramongkutklao College of Medicine Pramongkutklao College of Medicine , 2010