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Monday, June 11, 2012

Type 2 Diabetes - Frozen Shoulder in People With Diabetes

People who have been diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes are much more prone to developing certain medical conditions than non-diabetics. One in particular, frozen shoulder, can affect diabetics without them even realizing it has a connection to their disease.
Precisely why having diabetes is a risk factor for frozen shoulder is unknown. More research needs to be done but, at this time, it is thought there is a connection with the fact sugar attaches to collagen. This can then lead to abnormal deposits of collagen in the cartilage and tendons of the shoulder. Apparently the buildup can then lead to the affected shoulder stiffening up.
Your shoulder can start to bother you without you being able to pinpoint the cause. No matter what the reason, if you find you need to stop moving your arm due to pain, do not hesitate to see your doctor. The sooner you start to receive treatment, the faster your shoulder will recover.
Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, means your shoulder begins to have very limited movement and virtually any movement can cause pain. The more you attempt to push past the limited range of mobility, the more pain you normally experience.
The limited mobility and resulting pain are caused by the abnormal buildup of sugar on the collagen in the tendons and ligaments. Collagen is the main section of the ligaments that connects your bones together in your joints. This buildup causes pain and stiffness in your shoulder joint.
The first form of treatment is physical therapy. A therapist will begin to work the shoulder joint in order to loosen it and gain movement. This is accomplished by a series of stretching and movement exercises which start out slow and simple and increase in intensity as the shoulder begins to respond.
As pain in the shoulder is experienced, it's natural for the person with the frozen shoulder to start favoring that shoulder. Unfortunately, this makes the muscles weaker and unable to do their intended job. At the same time, the tendons and ligaments attempt to take over. Since they are being affected from the sugar deposits; this results in even more pain.
The best plan is to put the muscles back to work and take some of the pressure off of the tendons and ligaments.
This is why weight training is very effective in rehabilitation. Building up the shoulder muscles surrounding the joint creates more stability. Over time, the muscles relearn what they should be doing and then the sufferer doesn't have to favor the shoulder.
Often the pain is too intense to use weights. The doctor might have to inject a steroid into the shoulder area in order to relieve the pain and encourage effective movement. As the inflammation decreases, it is then easier for the sufferer to take part in physical therapy.
The key to rehabilitating a frozen shoulder is time. Healing occurs in stages and can take up to 18 months to heal totally. Trying to push too hard, too quickly, will only result in setbacks.
It has been found frozen shoulder affects approximately 20 percent of people with diabetes as compared to 5 percent of non-diabetics.
How do you start to create a healthy lifestyle today so you can avoid high blood sugar levels affecting the various areas of your body?
For nearly 25 years Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body.
The answer isn't in the endless volumes of available information but in yourself.

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