The television show "Extra" is reporting that "Desperate Housewives" star Teri Hatcher suffers from a disorder called frozen shoulder. Hatcher told the program that frozen shoulder "is a real condition which women get. It's basically left me pretty much not functioning with my left arm...I can't hook a bra anymore." As a result of the inflammation and loss of lubrication, a person suffering from adhesive capsulitis may not be able to move her (or his -- though it's more common in women, men can get this, too) shoulder, either on her own or with the help of someone else. Frozen shoulder can be very painful. Hatcher told "Extra" that she is having cortisone shots to alleviate her pain; the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says that taking aspirin or ibuprofen is often recommended, as is physical therapy. Hatcher need not feel, er, "Desperate" about her situation. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says that more than 90% of patients improve with these nonsurgical treatments, and frozen shoulder may even disappear on its own, though that process can take as long as three years. Often, someone with frozen shoulder also has less synovial fluid to lubricate the joint.


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