Andrew’s diabetes can cause recurrent frozen shoulders

March 22, 2016

I had a frozen shoulder which was healed with physio about 5 years ago.

I’m a type 1 diabetic in my early 40s and was told that I had a 90%+ chance of the other one freezing at some point and sure enough it’s now exhibiting the same behaviour.

Is there anything I can do to stop this from freezing or am I committed to the freezing process already? I do have reasonable movement in the shoulder, can move it above my head and a little behind my back, but it is definitely on the way to freezing if I don’t do anything about it.



March 22, 2016

Hi Andrew

I think speed may be of essence.

Unfortunately your diabetes does tend to mean that you can suffer from recurrent frozen shoulders.

I think they undergo 3 distinct phases – freezing, frozen and thawing.

It sounds as if you’re freezing and so the only option is to try to decrease the pain – freezing shoulders are often really painful which precedes the lack of movement.

So I think you should try a maximum of 3 sessions to see if your Physio can help moderate/decrease your pain NOT try to make you move any better. There is often some cervical and always some thoracic spine involvement. Acupuncture (love it or loathe it) may also be of assistance.

If after 3 sessions there is no real change….that maybe your lot with regards to physical therapy, sorry.

Hydrodilation may be an option if all fails.

Hope this helps

The Guru


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