Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder) and diabetes?


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Hello all...

Have any of you had frozen shoulder before? I was told by the doctor that i had all of the common etilogy patterns: female, 45 years old, and have diabetes. Supposedly, if you have diabetes you are more likely to have frozen shoulder.

If you had this how long did it take to subside? How long was it painful?

I was told it just takes time and I have the choice to do Physical Therapy or not. Did you do PT?

Thanks in advance!

Beginning of the discussion - 9/5/18

Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder) and diabetes?

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@nestl!‍ I had frozen shoulder but it not sure if it was caused or atributed to my diabetes. It was many many years ago.

Yes it was very painful. I could hardly move my arm at all. I did go to physical therapy and that seemed to speed up the process. I always was putting heat on it at night. I would say it took a good month or more for me to start getting some mobility back. It was so long ago I cannot recall exactly, however.

Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder) and diabetes?

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According to the APTA, there are four stages in adhesive capsulitis and depending on your stage, will depend on what physical therapy treatment may focus on. The stages are below and you can read more here.

What stage do you think you are in? Did the doctor discuss this with you?

Stage 1: Prefreezing: this is where you have had some symptoms but you still have mobiity, but you may begin to notice aches and pain.

Stage: 2 Freezing: you have had symptoms now for 3 to 9 months and have likely had a progressive decrease in your range of motion and an increase in pain, especially at night.

Stage 3: Frozen: you have had symptoms now for 9 to 14 months and have great decrease in range of motion. You are still likely experiencing pain, but it tends to begin to decrease in this stage and movement begins to increase as this stage ends.

Stage 4: Thawing: you have had symptoms for 12 to 15 months, and you begin to experience a big decrease in pain, especially at night. You may still have a decrease in range of motion, but you are getting more and more range and are starting to be able to resume your daily activities with the arm.

Hope this helps.

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