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Research from Germany shows that the pain of frozen shoulder may be caused by weakened bones (1) and cured by taking drugs to strengthen bones.

Frozen shoulder means that you shoulder joint hurts when you move it and you can't move it through its full range of motion. X rays taken at the University of Mainz show that almost all people with frozen shoulder have severe weakening of the bone of their upper arm. Weakened osteoporotic bones hurt. Frozen shoulder may be just like another painful condition called reflex sympathetic dystrophy: severe pain in an arm or leg after an accident or surgery that is associated with recurrent swelling, redness and thinning of the skin and loss of hair in the affected extremity.

Several reports show that these people also have severe loss of bone and a course of the bone strengtheners such as Fosamax pills or pamindronate injections can cure the pain. The odds are that frozen shoulder can also be cured by the same bisphosphonate bone strengtheners.

1) LP Muller, LA Muller, J Happ, F Kerschbaumer. Frozen shoulder: a sympathetic dystrophy? Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, 2000, Vol 120, Iss 1-2, pp 84-87. Muller LP, Univ Mainz, Klin & Poliklin Unfallchirurg, Langenbeckstr 1, D-55101 Mainz, GERMANY

Checked 9/3/05

May 29th, 2013
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