Arthritis, or joint pain or joint disease, is the leading cause of disability in America. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children are suffering from some type of arthritis. Common symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to perform normal day-to-day activities, and has the potential to cause permanent joint damage.

To determine whether or not you may be suffering from arthritis or to determine the severity, your medical professional will perform blood tests and conduct an imaging scan (ie: x-ray, CAT scan or MRI). Eating healthy, staying active, and understanding your type of arthritis and treatment options are crucial to decreasing your discomfort and paving the way for an enjoyable, happy life.

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Frozen Shoulder

Also known as adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder is a medical condition that causes discomfort, inflammation, and stiffness in your shoulder. While frozen shoulder is often the result of an obscure cause like an old injury or overuse, we do know that it can affect one or both of your shoulders and is common for people between 40 to 60 years of age, individuals suffering from diabetes, or people who are immobile or sedentary for long periods of time.

Just as the name suggests, frozen shoulder limits your range of motion and occurs when the shoulder joint capsule (the connective tissue around your shoulder joint) ‘freezes’ by getting thicker and inflamed.

Symptoms of frozen shoulder include:

  • Dull, aching or severe pain in your shoulder
  • Reduced mobility or minimized range of motion
  • Stiffness in the shoulder or arm
  • Unexplained trouble or pain while moving your shoulder

The more pain you feel, the stiffer your joint is which is why it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Thankfully, frozen shoulder can be ‘unfrozen,’ and while full recovery takes time, it is attainable. Depending on the severity of your frozen shoulder, we will prescribe treatments such as physical therapy, or stretching to treat your symptoms and heal your injury. Oftentimes, we will assign exercises and stretches to do at home as a part of your treatment plan.

If you are experiencing frozen shoulder, intense shoulder pain, or any of the symptoms mentioned above, please call us today at (971) 383-1960 to request your appointment at Pacific Northwest Spine and Joint Physicians with us.

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