A frozen shoulder, as the name suggests, is a painful loss of shoulder mobility. The exact cause is unclear. It occurs gradually, patients may first notice trouble with reaching for their hip pocket, unhooking a bra clasp, or scratching a back itch.
It has been estimated that 40% of the US population suffers from vitamin D deficiency. Also known as the “sunshine” vitamin, vitamin D is essential for musculoskeletal health. It helps the body absorb calcium from the food you eat. Calcium keeps your bones and muscles strong.
Some amount of anxiety is experienced by almost everyone scheduled to undergo surgery. This may be a good thing as it could motivate you to prepare well for the surgery. However, too much of fear and anxiety can be counterproductive.
One of the most common questions for people considering a shoulder replacement is: “How long will it last?” For people with severe shoulder arthritis, a shoulder replacement can provide predictable pain relief and improvement in quality of life and function.
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, which means magnets and radio waves are used to create images of the structures within the body. This sophisticated imaging technology allows your shoulder surgeon to look inside the shoulder joint and diagnose problems without having to do any invasive procedure.
The pain caused by a rotator cuff injury is usually felt as a dull ache deep within or on the side of the shoulder. It can disrupt your sleep and prevent you from performing routine activities of daily living, particularly activities that require overhead reaching. You may also experience muscle weakness along with the shoulder pain. Relieving the pain and restoring shoulder strength will depend on the extent of the rotator cuff tear.
According to research statistics, nearly 500,000 rotator cuff surgeries and 50,000 total shoulder replacements are performed in the US alone every year. As the likelihood of shoulder injury increases with age, these numbers are expected to keep increasing in the foreseeable future.