Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis in Singapore is a condition where the shoulder joint capsule becomes stiff, thick, and swollen, hindering shoulder movements. A person with a frozen shoulder may experience pain and stiffness in their shoulder when moving it.
Non-surgical treatments, such as medication and physical therapy, could mitigate the pain. Surgery is also a treatment option.
Unlike shoulder rotator cuff tears, the root cause of frozen shoulders still puzzles experts, but they are risk factors that could trigger a frozen shoulder.
Here are the groups of people at risk of frozen shoulders in Singapore:
Similar to other orthopaedic problems, women are more prone to frozen shoulders due to hormonal changes. The increase in oestrogen levels impacts the susceptibility of joints and ligaments to stiffness, pain, and swelling. Women are vulnerable to musculoskeletal problems, including a shoulder slap tear, during pregnancy and menopause.
2. People with diabetes
People with diabetes are prone to frozen shoulders. Although the direct link between diabetes and a frozen shoulder is still unclear, experts believe that it has something to do with glucose molecules or sugar found in the shoulder joint capsules that are the culprit of the pain and stiffness.
If you suffer symptoms of frozen shoulders and shoulder labral tears in Singapore, consult your doctor immediately.
3. People with existing shoulder injuries
People with current shoulder injuries, such as shoulder rotator cuff tears, have a higher chance of developing frozen shoulders and fractures due to compromised muscles and joints.
4. Inactive people
People who rarely move or use their shoulders due to injury, surgery, stroke, and other illnesses, are at risk of developing thick and stiff shoulder joint capsules.
5. People with a previous case of frozen shoulders
A frozen shoulder in Singapore is a recurring issue. This condition may return on the other shoulder.
Do you belong to one of these groups of people? Get a checkup with your doctor.