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Diabetes and shoulder joints

Issues, inflammations and restricted mobility, in the shoulder joints are particularly common amongst people who have had diabetes for a longer time.

The common name for an inflammation that makes the shoulder joint capsule stiff is frozen shoulder. The medical term for the condition is adhesive capsulitis. Other shoulder problems include osteoarthritis and rotator cuff tendinitis.

According to a Finnish study, approximately 10 per cent of people with type 1 diabetes and approximately 20 per cent of type 2 diabetes have had a frozen shoulder. Up to one in three people who have had type 1 diabetes for over 30 years have chronic shoulder pain and restricted mobility.

Jointhub provides more information about shoulder complications and their treatment. In some cases, a suitable treatment for shoulder issues is repeated cortisone injections. In this case, keep in mind that injected cortisone can raise your blood sugar for 1–2 weeks.

Updated 8.11.2023