Frozen shoulder (also known as adhesive capsulitis) is a condition where the lining of the The glenohumeral joint is a ball-and-socket synovial joint and is the most mobile joint in the human (capsule) becomes contracted and inflamed causing pain and loss of movement.
Frozen shoulder is often associated with other health conditions like Diabetes Mellitus or thyroid disease and occurs more commonly in females.
What Are the Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder?
- Pain: There is often a constant nagging pain at rest with sharper pain on shoulder movement. The pain may be severe enough to affect your sleep
- Stiffness: Global restriction of shoulder movement, more markedly shoulder elevation (reaching up) and rotation (turning your arm away from your body)
What are the stages of Frozen Shoulder?
- The freezing stage: The shoulder starts to become painful and movements become more restricted. Pain is often worse at night. This stage may last from two to nine months.
- The frozen stage: Pain levels start to decrease, however the shoulder may become very stiff and movement limited. This stage may last from four to 12 months.
- The thawing stage: The condition starts to resolve. Pain continues to fade and shoulder movement starts to improve over a number of months or even years.