As you get older, you feel pain in joints such as shoulders and knees.

Among them, this shoulder disease, which is called 'fifty shoulder' because it mainly occurs in people in their 50s, is increasing in people in their 40s and 60s in recent years.

Medical reporter Cho Dong-chan will tell you what the cause is and how it can be prevented.


Kim Jung-il, in his 50s, was diagnosed with a frozen shoulder four months ago.

He had 20 injections to treat stiff shoulder and pain, but to no avail, he eventually had to undergo surgery.

[Kim Jung-il/Patient after Frozen shoulder surgery: I wake up three or four times at night and usually my arm is numb and aches like this...


As a result of the Korean Orthopedic Surgery survey, the number of herniated disc patients increased by 2% and knee disease by 6.5% in the past 5 years, while shoulder disease increased by 19.2% to 2.5 million last year alone.

Among them, the most common cause of aging for no particular reason was in those in their 50s, but the problem is that these days, the number is also increasing in those in their 40s and 60s.

[Sangjin Shin/Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Ewha Womans University Seoul Hospital: In their 40s, there are now many secondary frozen shoulders through biceps tendonitis, and in their 60s, there are many frozen shoulders associated with a rotator cuff tear, a degenerative disease.

] there is.

If you exercise too much biceps, you will immediately get a shoulder disease.

In addition, if you forcefully do arm movements that you do not normally do, it is easy to damage several ligaments in the shoulder.

Shoulder disease, which rapidly increased in the 40s and 50s, is also a cause of the exercise craze. It can be prevented by stretching enough before muscle exercise and exercising in the right posture, and most can be cured with drugs and physical therapy.

However, the most common rotator cuff tear in people over the age of 60 is something to be aware of.

[Sangjin Shin/Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Ewha Womans University Seoul Hospital: (rotator cuff tear) hurts when it is torn a little at first, but when it just progresses and grows in size, there are no other symptoms.

Then, when it has grown completely and there is really no muscle, it is a very serious condition (appears.)]

If the range of movement of the shoulder becomes narrow or pain occurs, it is better to rest sufficiently first, and if it still hurts, take a test.

(Video coverage: Jinho Park, Editing: Eunjin Choi, CG: Kyunglim Kang·Hongsik Kim)