What is Frozen Shoulder?Frozen shoulder (sometimes called adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder) is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. Shoulder movements become reduced, sometimes completely "frozen". It is thought to be due to scar-like tissue forming in the shoulder capsule. Frozen shoulder is also known as adhesive capsulitis or shoulder contracture.
Recovery TimeTreatment with physical therapy and NSAIDs will usually restore motion and function of the shoulder within a year. Without treatment, symptoms usually go but this may take up to 2-3 years.
DiagnosisDiagnosis is done by physical examination of the signs and symptoms and other imaging tests like x-ray or MRI may be suggested.
FAQs prepared by doctor1. What is frozen shoulder?
Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder or shoulder contracture, is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. Shoulder movements become reduced, hence called "frozen".
2. How does this condition arise?
It is thought to be due to scar-like tissue forming in the shoulder capsule.
3. What to do when one is suffering from this disease?
One shall gently move the affected joint within the limits of pain and range-of-motion. Massage is very effective as it increases blood circulation in that area. Apply a warm/cold compress to the area which can help a great deal in alleviating pain. Be aware of proper posture.
Sleep with two pillows- One pillow is for your head, as usual, the other is to go between your elbow and your body (on your affected side) so that your arm is held slightly away from your body
4. When shall one consult a doctor?
One shall consult a doctor if one has pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint or unable to move the shoulder joint or if there is difficulty in moving the arm
Unable to do movements such as reaching over your head or behind you requires immediate consultation.