Frozen Shoulder’ Much More Prevalent Among Diabetics

I always wonder what is the reason for frequentshoulder discomfort and I didn’t connect the dots until this published article. Until know I always blame my excessive Gym activity

While heart disease, risk of stroke, blindness and amputations are the complications of diabetes that get the most attention, there are also a number of smaller, and often painful, complications diabetics need to look out for. Studies have shown that people with diabetes – either Type 1 or Type 2 – have a significantly higher risk of getting the “Frozen Shoulder,” which is also known as adhesive capsulitis, according to a recent New York Times article. Only 2%-5% of the general population develops this condition, but at least one in five diabetics will experience it and are much more likely to have severe cases. Older diabetics are most likely to develop the condition.

People with a frozen shoulder experience weeks of pain in the shoulder for no apparent reason. That is followed by months of stiffness in the shoulder, characterized by limited movement. The condition finally fades and the shoulder returns to normal.

The exact cause is unclear, but scientists say excess blood sugar building up in the shoulder may be to blame. In addition to maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, heating pads, anti-inflammatory medicine, and stretching may help people avoid the frozen shoulder or treat it once it develops.

Hi Igal!

Question, would chiropractic help this condition based on your knowledge? I think I have this condition to a degree. I haven’t noticed it as much though with my sugars improved. Thanks

I never try DC however mild warming and soft massage provide temporary releif

Thanks Igal. Thanks for the post too!

It is clear that high blood sugars cause inflammation, thickening of the tendons and all that. The high correlation of things like frozen shoulder and diabetes clearly points to diabetes as a cause, obviously frozen shoulder is highly improbable as a cause of diabetes. I have restricted mobility in my shoulders and have suffered from inflammations and impingements. I have pressed heavier in the gym that I should have and have suffered the consequences. The actual condition of “Frozen Shoulder” can significantly avoided by maintain good blood sugars and maintaining mobility. Let both go and you can be in for a world of hurt.

As always thank you for you insight BSC!

Had it. Chiropractic helped a LOT!!

At least I think it did. If it was destined to go away in time by itself, I can’t say. I can say that chiropractic restored some mobility almost immediately.

Warming and massage helped, as did using a stretch band. I continue to do the exercises I was given and it hasn’t returned in three years.


Massage and warmers helps but it doesn’t provide permanent cure only temporary releif to get good night sleep and able to function. According to this research the main cause of this inflamation pain is Diabetes.

I’ve never had frozen shoulder but have a lot of problems with my bicept muscle. In my reading I have found that excess glucose in our blood sticks to the tendons throughout our body contributing to frozen shoulder, bicept problems, carpal tunnel, etc. My doctor showed me some exercises that I did with bands, which helped. I also started taking B 12 supplements. I take metformin which seems to deplete B 12 which leads to muscle soreness. I exercise a lot with weights and play tennis 4-6 hours most weeks. I never know if my injuries are from the diabetes or the exercise.