Frozen Shoulders - Ayurveda


Ruler's of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
"Frozen Shoulder"is a shoulder joint with significant loss of its range of motion in all directions. The range of motion is limited not only when the patient attempts motion, but also when the doctor attempts to move the joint fully while the patient relaxes. A Frozen Shoulder is also referred to as"Adhesive Capsulitis".

Frozen shoulder is the result of inflammation, scarring, thickening, and shrinkage of the capsule that surrounds the normal shoulder joint. Any injury to the shoulder can lead to frozen shoulder, including Tendonitis, Bursitis, and Rotator Cuff Injury. Frozen shoulders occur more frequently in patients with Diabetes, Chronic Inflammatory Arthritis of the shoulder, or after chest or breast surgery. Long-term immobility of the shoulder joint can put people at risk to develop a Frozen Shoulder.

A frozen shoulder is suggested during examination when the shoulder range of motion is significantly limited, with either the patient or the examiner attempting the movement. Underlying diseases involving the shoulder can be diagnosed with the history, examination, blood testing, and X-ray examination of the shoulder, Arthrography. The tissues of the shoulder can also be evaluated with an MRI scan.

Frozen shoulders may be correlated to "Apabahukam" in Ayurveda. It is mainly caused due to vitiation of Vata dosha. Due to any history of previous Injury, Over Exercises, Excessive indulgence in foods which are dry, cold, salty, Keeping awake at nights, Fasting, Indigestion and other Stress related factors Vata gets vitiated and gets to locate at the root of the Shoulders constricts the Veins (Siras) which ultimately produce ‘Apabahukam’ causing Loss of Movement of the Arm.

The Analgesics, Corticosteroids, Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, etc. may give a timely & temporary relief of the symptoms. The drawback is that these medicines instead of removing the root cause, suppresses the symptoms leading to the increase in severity. Ayurveda & Panchakarma treatment Procedures mainly removes the Root Cause.

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