Now accepting Telehealth appointments. Schedule a virtual visit.
Skip to main content

What is frozen shoulder?

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that causes pain, stiffness, and limited mobility in the shoulder joint. It occurs when the capsule that surrounds the shoulder joint becomes thick, tight, and inflamed, making it difficult to move the arm.

The exact cause of frozen shoulder is not known, but it often develops after a period of immobilization or limited mobility, such as after an injury or surgery. People with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or thyroid problems, are also more likely to develop frozen shoulder.

The symptoms of frozen shoulder typically develop gradually and can last for months or even years. The condition progresses through three stages:

  1. Freezing stage: Pain gradually increases and the shoulder becomes stiff, making it difficult to move the arm.

  2. Frozen stage: Pain may decrease, but the shoulder remains stiff, making it difficult to move the arm in any direction.

  3. Thawing stage: Range of motion slowly improves and pain gradually subsides.

Treatment for frozen shoulder typically includes physical therapy, pain management, and exercises to help improve range of motion. In some cases, corticosteroid injections or surgery may be necessary to help improve symptoms.

 
 
 
Author
Jeffrey Pearson

You Might Also Enjoy...

Sleep Loss and Weight Gain: Understanding the Link

Sleep Loss and Weight Gain: Understanding the Link

Anyone trying to lose weight knows they should eat less and move more. But if you’re struggling with your waistline despite those efforts, it could be time to look more closely at your sleep. Do you have weight to lose? Here’s why sleep matters.

Can Osteoarthritis Be Prevented?

Are you at risk for developing osteoarthritis, especially as you get older? Read to learn more about this bone condition, and what you can do now to prevent osteoarthritis from becoming a problem later.
Do You Need Total Knee Replacement for a Meniscal Tear?

Do You Need Total Knee Replacement for a Meniscal Tear?

If you’ve suffered a meniscal tear in your knee joint, you might be thinking about surgical knee replacement. Do you need a total knee replacement after this type of knee injury? Read more about restoring your knee after a meniscal tear.
What to Expect in Your Hip Replacement Surgery

What to Expect in Your Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip replacement surgery helps you stay mobile and pain-free after damage and wear-and-tear to your hip joint. Here’s what you need to know about what to expect from your hip replacement procedure.