Frozen Shoulder and Diabetes

There are many ways that diabetes can affect the muscles and joints. Sugar sticks to the collagen in cells and affects its ability to function. Diabetes can damage blood vessels and a poor blood supply results in scarring and damage in the body’s elastic tissues.

We know that some diabetic patients can have problems with changes in the gristle of their hands – and in men, the penis. Most experts think that frozen shoulder in diabetics arises for the same reasons

Diabetes is known to affect the shoulder in several ways. Frozen shoulder seems to be the commonest – with up to 20% of diabetic patients developing it at some time or other. Continue reading Frozen Shoulder and Diabetes

Frozen Shoulder

What is frozen shoulder?

A Frozen Shoulder causes you to be unable to move your shoulder joint as normal. It’s stiff (in severe cases, completely rigid) and can be intensely painful.

The shoulder joint becomes like this because of inflammation and thickening of the lining of the fibrous tissues, or capsule, that surrounds the joint.

One of the most common tests is to get the person to try to lift their arm to the horizontal level. This is impossible in frozen shoulder, and the arm can only be lifted a small way up from a vertical position, if at all.

Causes and risk factors Continue reading Frozen Shoulder