Shoulder joint

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The shoulder is a very complex ball and socket style joint which connects the arm to the trunk of the body. It consists of 4 main joints that act together. It is the most mobile and also the least stable joint in the body. It is the most commonly dislocated joint too. This is because, in comparison to the other joints, the joint's socket is small in relation to the head of the humerus making it unstable.

Frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder symptoms are normally stiffness of the shoulder and pain inside the joint. The symptoms can last up to 3 years in severe cases. Treatment is usually with physio exercises and sometimes steroid injections. Frozen shoulder occurs when the capsule of connective tissue that make up your shoulder joint thicken and tighten, restricting movement. Doctors are not always sure why this happens but people who have prolonged immobility or reduced mobility are at a higher risk of developing a frozen shoulder.

Dislocated shoulder

A dislocated shoulder is when the head of the humerus pops out of the shoulder joint. When this happens, you must be seen by a medical professional as quickly as possible. After it has been put back into place, the shoulder is usually immobilised for eight to ten days using supports, splints, slings or a plaster cast. The shoulder immobilisation orthosis medi Arm fix and the shoulder support Omomed from medi are particularly easy for the patient to put on without help from others.

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