Frozen shoulder is also known as adhesive capsulitis. This is a condition that affects the shoulder and leads to pain, inflammation and limited mobility. Usually, shoulder tightness gradually gets better over time and this can take 1-3 years. Pain is typically worse at night and this may mimic a rotator cuff tear and acute rotator cuff tendinitis.
Frozen shoulder can come on slowly and insidiously and its symptoms can be as vague as the condition itself. Typically frozen shoulder will come on in this manner. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists describe its three stages.
- The freezing stage: This is where the shoulder slowly starts to stiffen up and lose its motion. The range of motion will reduce over the period.
- The frozen stage: Shoulder mobility reduces and the shoulder becomes stiff. Movement of the shoulder becomes more and more difficult.
- The thawing stage: Mobility of the shoulder typically improves over time until the condition resolves.
Frozen shoulder is a condition that is not well understood. It has been suggested that frozen shoulder can its causes are multifactorial however some populations that are more at risk. The following list are risk factors for developing frozen shoulder:
- Age: Individual over 40 are more likely to get frozen shoulder
- Sex: Females are more likely to get frozen shoulder
- Injury: People who have a rotator cuff injury, pathology or condition are more likely to get frozen shoulder
- Systemic disease: People who have diabetes, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism cardiovascular diseases, tuberculosis or Parkinson’s disease are more likely to get frozen shoulder.
Chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments are of value in the treatment of frozen shoulder. Speak to your chiropractor, physiotherapist or medical doctor for more information.
Please read these articles on common shoulder problems for greater understanding
- Shoulder pain overview
- Rotator cuff tear
- Biceps tendon tear in shoulder
- Chronic shoulder instability
- The unstable painful shoulder
- The weak painful shoulder
- The stiff painful shoulder
- Shoulder impingement
- Dislocated shoulder
- SLAP tears of the shoulder
- Arthritis of the shoulder
- Biceps tendinitis of the shoulder