What is frozen shoulder?

Have you ever been told that you have a frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis?

The shoulder is made up of 3 bones that form a ball and socket joint. Those bones are the scapula, the clavicle and the humerus. There is also connective tissue surrounding your joint that holds everything together. This connective tissue is called your shoulder capsule.

Frozen shoulder is a condition that affects the shoulder joint. With frozen shoulder, the capsule becomes so tight and thick that it is hard to move. This pain and stiffness develops gradually, gets worse, and then finally goes away. It can take up to a year of treatment to fix a frozen shoulder. We are not actually sure what causes frozen shoulder, but it occurs most commonly in people with diabetes. It can also occur in people who had to immobilize there shoulder for a long period of time, such as after a fracture or a surgery.

Symptoms of a frozen shoulder are decreased range of motion, stiffness, and pain in the shoulder.

Having a doctor tell you that your shoulder is freezing can be a scary thing!!

The most important thing is to get a proper assessment, because it could turn out not to be frozen shoulder. You shouldn't spend a year of your life treating something you don't have.

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Edited and published by: Katie Brindley