What is Frozen Shoulder?

What is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that affects your shoulder joint with common symptoms such as pain or stiffness to accompany it as you move your arm around. It feels like your shoulder is “frozen” in place.

The condition typically develops gradually over time and can be categorised into three stages. In the first stage, you tend to notice that your shoulder becomes increasingly stiff and painful. In the second stage, the pain may decrease, but the stiffness remains, and you’ll find it difficult to move your arm in different ranges of motion. In the final stage, your shoulder will gradually regain its range of motion, and the pain will go away.

Reasons How Frozen Shoulder Can Develop

Frozen shoulder can happen due to various reasons including:

  • Injury
  • Surgery
  • Keeping your shoulder immobilized for an extended period.
  • The cause for it is not fully understood. However, those with diabetes, those who have been immobilised, and those who are suffering from other diseases such as Parkinson’s, are at a greater risk.

The good news is that there are treatment options available to help you manage the pain and regain the use of your shoulder. Physiotherapy, medication, and in severe cases, surgery can all be effective ways to treat the symptoms of frozen shoulder. Contact us for a physiotherapy appointment