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Shoulder Stiffness

"Frozen shoulder or also called adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. The condition's symptoms develop gradually, worsen over time, and go away often within one to three years. The stiffness and pain in the shoulder make movement difficult or impossible. It usually occurs when a person recovers from a medical condition or surgery that prevents arm movement, such as a stroke or a mastectomy. Treatment for frozen shoulder involves various motion exercises, corticosteroids and numbing medications injected into the joint capsule, and arthroscopic surgery to loosen the joint capsule.


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I have stiffness in my shoulder, neck, and head. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I was doing exercise in the gym with heavy weight lifting. When I stopped, I got a problem with my shoulders, neck, and head. I feel pain, stiffness in the neck and shoulder, and a frontal pressure headache. When I rotate my hands, I feel my muscles overlapping with sounds. I can feel ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concerns. You have musculoskeletal pain due to severe muscle spasms. You should not worry about any neurological cause. I advise warm massages twice daily and usage of deep heat cream thrice daily for two weeks. Physiotherapy sessions will also be ...  Read Full »

How to manage a frozen shoulder?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 65 years old male, I weight 135 pounds, and I am 5.3 feet tall. I take daily maintenance Versant 5 mg (for hypertension) and Janumet 50 mg (for diabetes). I have frozen right shoulder pain from the upper back shoulder, highest pain in the upper inner arm shooting down to my hand. The...  Read Full »

Dr. R. Rahul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for writing. As per your medical history, you suffer from a frozen shoulder, and now it is paining with restricted movement of your shoulder. Since it is paining now, I would advise you to do the following things, 1. Get an MRI scan of the shoulder joint as ...  Read Full »

Are joint pain, stiffness in the elbow and shoulders, and hair loss signs of lupus?

Query: Hello doctor, I am seeking a second opinion. I have symptoms of lupus and sarcoidosis. Both are in my immediate family. My blood test has some abnormalities but tested negative for lupus. I have joint pain in my wrist and knees, with stiffness in my hands, elbow, and shoulders. I am fatigued and un...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Ramji Kackar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Since how long are you having these pains? How is your gut health? What is your level of stress? Do you have ANA, ANTI-DS DNA report? Have you tried HCQS (Hydroxychloroquine sulfate) or Sulfasalazine for these pains? With medication, you will require a proper dietary...  Read Full »

What causes shoulder pain immediately after you get up from bed?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having shoulder pain from yesterday right after getting up from the bed. Yesterday it was mild, but today it got increased, and having pain while moving the shoulder. I am having pain during shoulder movements like lifting and feeling shoulder stiffness.  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have mentioned shoulder pain which started after you woke up, indicating postural issues at sleep that might have initiated this pain. Do you have any feeling of weakness, numbness in the affected limb? If there is no history of any injury, and no signs and sympt...  Read Full »

Will scoliosis likely to cause severe back pain along with elbow and shoulder stifness?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 15-year-old cheerleader who experiences bad back pain. I was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 10, but everyone that I have met with scoliosis did not have pain like me. I have tightness and pain in my elbows, shoulders, ankles, knees, and hips but the back pain is excrucia...  Read Full »

Dr. Catherine Bevington

Answer: Hello doctor,Sorry to hear that you have pain for such a long time. I am sure you understand that I cannot fully answer your queries without seeing you and examining you. But it sounds as though you have joint hypermobility with scoliosis. This can cause severe pain because your muscles have to work...  Read Full »

What causes neck and shoulder stiffness while lying?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30-year-old female. I do not have any medical issues that could associate with my problem. About a month ago I woke up to pain and stiffness in my neck and shoulders. I figured I just slept wrong or something little like that. But every single night since then, I have been woke...  Read Full »

Dr. Ankush Dhaniram Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The symptoms you have explained points towards arthritis. It can be osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis depending on the joints involved and the duration of morning stiffness. Usually, in rheumatoid arthritis, morning stiffness remains for more than 45 minutes and...  Read Full »

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