Frozen Shoulder And Diabetes – The Link & What Can You

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 Frozen Shoulder And Diabetes – The Link & What Can You

Frozen Shoulder And Diabetes
Frozen Shoulder And Diabetes

Diabetes Makes You More Susceptible To Frozen Shoulder

What is the link between diabetes and frozen shoulder?

Why do 20% of people with diabetes get frozen shoulder compared with 5% of the rest of the population?

And, if you have a frozen shoulder, what is the best thing you can do to help yourself make a speedy recovery?

 

Diabetes And Frozen Shoulder – The Link

Why that figure of 20%?

Unfortunately, no-one seems to know. But theories are being worked on.

One theory has to do with the link between collagen and glucose. Collagen is a major component of ligaments – the connective tissues that hold bones together in a joint. In normal circumstances, these tissues are elastic and allow for just the right amount of movement in the joint.

Glucose attaches to collagen. It seems that people with diabetes get abnormal deposits of collagen in the connective tissues. These deposits build up making the ligaments much less elastic. This causes stiffness in the shoulder and restricts its range of movement.

 

What You Can Do

You will probably already have been prescribed painkillers to help ease the pain you are having – either in the form of tablets or injections. These help with pain management but are not a cure for frozen shoulder.

You may also have been referred to a physiotherapist or physical therapist to help with getting some movement back into your shoulder.

But the biggest thing you can do is to perform exercises at home (even if you are having physiotherapy).

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The type of exercise will depend on how much the mobility in your shoulder has already been restricted.

 

How Much Movement Have You Lost?

To test how much movement you have already lost in your shoulder try the following exercise:

Lie on your back on the floor or on a bed with your arms at your side. Raise your affected arm above your head and try to touch the floor behind your head (or the bed if on the bed).

If you can touch or almost touch the floor/bed this means you have almost complete mobility.

If you can’t touch the floor some exercises will increase that mobility.

An Exercise For Frozen Shoulder

Here is a very simple exercise to get things moving:

  • Whilst standing let your arm hang down to the side.
  • With your arm still hanging make very small circles with your hand (keeping the wrist straight). This will move your arm like a pendulum
  • Go clockwise for a while – and then anti-clockwise.
  • Do this for two minutes.
  • Try to do this three times a day.

 

 

 

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