Over time, the cartilage, bones, and joints in your shoulder grow old and weak. Arthritis may set in, further weakening your shoulder and making it “rusty”. Pain, swelling, and discomfort are common when this happens.
The medical name for a frozen shoulder, “adhesive capsulitis”, usually leaves people with one question, “what is adhesive capsulitis?”. Well, what is adhesive capsulitis? While the name itself might not bring up much in your mind, this condition affects between 2 to 5% of the population in the US.
On an average more than eight million sports related injuries occur every year in the U.S. and 65% of these injuries occurred in the age group between 5 and 24 years. More men sustain sports related injuries than women. More than one third of such injuries occurred in athletic fields, sports facilities and playgrounds.
Rotator cuff injuries are some of the common causes of shoulder surgery. A study showed the rates of shoulder rotator cuff surgery and repairs went up by 141% between 1996 to 2006! The rotator cuff is the reason why we can lift the arms above our head, or be able to swim and play sports like baseball and tennis.
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, close to 53,000 people undergo shoulder replacement surgery every year. Total shoulder replacement surgery involves replacing the damaged parts with artificial prosthesis.