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Shijū Kata/Gojū Kata (四十肩/五十肩 – Frozen Shoulder)

  • Shijū Kata/Gojū Kata


    Recently, I have felt a pain in my right shoulder when I lift or move my right arm.

    I hope this is not shijū kata (四十肩) or gojū kata (五十肩).

    Since shijū (四十) means “forty,” gojū (五十) means “fifty,” and kata (肩) means “shoulder,” the literal meanings of shijū kata and gojūkata are “forty-year-old shoulder” and “fifty-year-old shoulder,” respectively.
    「四十」は “forty”、「五十」は “fifty”、「肩」は “shoulder” を意味するので、「四十肩」「五十肩」の意味はそれぞれ “forty-year-old shoulder”、 “fifty-year-old shoulder” となります。

    As people reach their 40s and 50s, they tend to experience symptoms where the shoulder becomes inflamed and loses its smooth movement.

    For this reason, the pain in the shoulder joint that occurs with aging has come to be commonly called shijū kata or gojū kata.

    Note that these are not official terms representing a specific disease.

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