Given the fact that there isn’t a lot of research on frozen shoulder compared to other conditions, there are still a lot of questions that one may have: Can I get it in my other shoulder? Is frozen shoulder caused by a virus? If one or both my parents had frozen shoulder, does that mean I’m at risk of getting it?
Is frozen shoulder hereditary?
There isn’t a lot of research on frozen shoulder compared to other conditions. So there are still a lot of unanswered questions about the condition: Can I get it frozen shoulder in my other shoulder? Is it caused by a virus? Is frozen shoulder hereditary?
There is good news and bad news. The good news is that, unlike conditions such as diabetes, autoimmune thyroid disease, and heart disease, frozen shoulder does not run in the family. But the bad news is that hereditary conditions like diabetes make a person more likely to develop frozen shoulder. And research indicates that genetics play a big role in susceptibility to thyroid disease.
The founder of Trigenics® and the originator of the OAT Procedure to fix frozen shoulder, Dr. Allan Austin Oolo, has determined that there are 3 common denominators in patients suffering with adhesive capsulitis frozen shoulder. He states that frozen shoulder always occurs in those with hormonal imbalances such as menopause, diabetes, thyroid conditions, adrenal stress, testosterone imbalance, etc.
So if frozen shoulder doesn’t run in the family, am I in the clear?
Even if frozen shoulder itself isn’t hereditary, if you have one or more of the frozen shoulder common denominators, you should try your best to eat an anti-inflammatory diet. See below for lists of foods to avoid and foods to incorporate into your diet (if you haven’t already!) Foods high in anti-oxidants also help decrease inflammation.
Pro-Inflammatory Foods to Avoid:
- White sugar, honey (unless raw, unheated, unpasteurized), high fructose corn syrup
- Partially hydrogenated oils (the type of oil does not matter, it is the process of partial hydrogenated that makes it pro-inflammatory)
- Foods in the nightshade family (i.e. tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, white potatoes–sweet potatoes are okay)
- Omega 6 Essential Fatty Acid (corn/corn oil, cotton seed oil, grape seed oil, peanuts/peanut oil, wheat/wheat germ, safflower oil, sesame and sunflower oil, soybeans/oil)
• Raw almonds/almond oil, raw walnuts/oil, pumpkin seeds/oil
• Mackerel, anchovies, sardines, herring
• Green leafy vegetables, purslane
• Mung beans
If one or both your parents have had frozen shoulder, you should take care to stay active and eat well. If you suffer from diabetes, thyroid conditions, or have a history of lower neck disc pathology or nerve compression, be extra careful. Frozen shoulder is an incredibly painful and debilitating condition. Arm yourself with knowledge so to prevent a frozen shoulder!