Does frozen shoulder causes depression or it’s the other way round?

Written by 26 Dec,2016



Imagine having pain in your shoulder in every daily activity of your life like washing, wearing clothes, trying to lift an object, drinking tea etc. This is a typical complaint of a frozen shoulder patient. Another big problem is the disturbed sleep due to pain which decreases the quality of life while the patient spends the rest of his day, exhausted and tired.

However some research papers ask a pertinent question that depression and stress may have a part to play in the causation of frozen shoulder. It is not known to what extent does mood depression play a role in causing frozen shoulder or that it even has any role? In the idiopathic type of frozen shoulder, the cause is not known. In others it may be some sort of minor trauma, diabetes, preceding surgery etc. The exact cause is a subject of bewilderment and continues to be researched.

It is understood, though, that some stressor is found in some people which gives rise to this condition. It could be in the form of any minor trauma also. How this condition is related to diabetes or thyroid abnormality is not understood. Diabetics have a 30% association with frozen shoulder. The incidence of bilateral problem is also higher in diabetics and thyroid abnormality.

In this scenario it becomes all the more important to alleviate the pain first and foremost. Since pain interferes with sleep and almost all daily activities, medicines and injections with home based exercise only are the mainstay of treatment.

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Dr Dipit Sahu

Dr Dipit Sahu is a Shoulder Surgeon and also a founder of the Mumbai Shoulder Institute in Mumbai.


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