What Is Frozen Shoulder?

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Recent cases reveal a link between vaccinations and cases of frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive shoulder capsulitis. This vaccine injury happens due to a reaction of the placement or depth of the injection. The flu shot in the shoulder is supposed to be injected in the shoulder muscle. Often, healthcare professionals put the needle in the wrong place or too deep into the shoulder muscle. Frozen shoulder can also appear in people who have recently gone through surgeries with restricted arm movement as well.

Studies suggest frozen shoulder can occur as soon as one day after an injection. Frozen shoulder has three phases and comes in two forms. The first stage is the freezing stage in which an arm begins to have limited movement. The next stage is the frozen stage in which the joint becomes stiff. Phase three is the portion of this disease where the shoulder begins to loosen again.

Frozen shoulder is either primary or secondary. Primary frozen shoulder is related to a disease or a side effect from an unseen cause. Secondary frozen shoulder occurs after a physical injury to the shoulder. The most common symptoms of frozen shoulder are stiffness in the joint and the restriction of arm movement.

Three Stages of Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder occurs in three different stages. The first stage begins the “freezing” process and lasts 2 to 9 months. A person may have slight issues with the range of motion and pain in their shoulder. Patients during this time refer to this as the most painful stage. A misdiagnosis of a rotator cuff injury can happen at this time. The shoulder tissue during this phase becomes thicker and restricts movement.

The second stage of frozen shoulder can last 4 to 12 months. This “frozen” phase has less pain, but more restriction of movement. The pain of this stage can vary depending on the amount of movement a person performs. Activities such as washing your hair or rotating your shoulder can cause increased pain. Doctors easily diagnose frozen shoulder at this time from the limited movement the examiner can have on the shoulder.

The thawing stage of frozen shoulder can last from 12 to 42 months. The shoulder joint can still be tight and thick at this point. Patients do not associate this stage with the pain of earlier phases. The shoulder joint begins to loosen and people are encouraged to increase mobility, but the joint can still take time to fully heal.

Forms of Frozen shoulder

Primary frozen shoulder happens from a disease or unknown causes. The symptoms start with a very limited, painful feeling in a person’s shoulder joint. Symptoms will gradually get worse and the range of motion will become severely decreased. People with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing frozen shoulder. Studies show people with diabetes are 10%-36% more likely to get frozen shoulder than non-diabetics. Those with diabetes have been found to be less responsive to treatments as well. Physical therapy and pain medication can be given to treat primary frozen shoulder.

Secondary frozen shoulder occurs to those who have had trauma to the joint. A diagnosis can be made easily with an examination and a report of their medical history. Trauma that causes secondary frozen shoulder includes rotator cuff disease or damage, compressed joints, weakness in one side of the body, or cardiovascular problems. Treatment of secondary frozen shoulder usually involves the increased movement of the joint or surgery to repair the damage.

Precautions should be taken to help diagnose and avoid serious side effects from frozen shoulder. Those affected by frozen shoulder should keep movement in the joint and any severe shoulder pain should be tended to immediately by a doctor. The severity of a frozen shoulder will determine the best option for recovery. The purpose of treatment is to manage pain and gain back function from frozen shoulder. Consult a physician to find the best plan for your case.

Treatment of Frozen Shoulder

Patients find the most benefits from physical therapy. Moving the shoulder while under anesthesia can be one option for people suffering. Therapy can help stretch the joint and increase the range of motion. Inflammation medications and the use of ice and heat are recommended to manage pain. Steroid injections can also be given to help the shoulder heal. In severe cases surgery can be an option to repair the shoulder, but frozen shoulder can also occur from surgery. People who feel they have symptoms of frozen shoulder should consult a doctor.

Frozen shoulder can be caused by a vaccine injection. Primary and secondary frozen shoulder can be debilitating and painful. The shoulder tissue swells and decreases the movement a person has in their shoulder joint. This usually occurs from shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA).

Help with Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder appears in adults in their 50s and 60s. Symptoms of frozen shoulder usually worsen over time. Treatments for frozen shoulder involves increasing the movement of the joint. Doctors can also give medication for the joint and in severe cases steroid injections to promote healing.

Around fifty-nine percent of people affected by frozen shoulder have a full recovery. Close to a third of people have mild symptoms of a frozen shoulder at a follow up with their doctor. Six percent of patients with frozen shoulder continue to have severe symptoms at their next checkup. If your frozen shoulder occurred as a result of a vaccine injury you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a knowledgeable vaccine injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Sadaka Associates for a free consultation.

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