Frozen shoulder is a condition that leads to pain and stiffness of the shoulder. It's also known as adhesive capsulitis or shoulder contracture.
The symptoms tend to gradually get worse over a number of months or years. You'll typically experience shoulder pain for the first two to nine months, which can be severe, followed by increasing stiffness.
The stiffness may affect your ability to carry out everyday activities. In particularly severe cases, you may not be able to move your shoulder at all.
The condition may improve with time, but this can sometimes take several years.
Frozen shoulderoccurs whenthe flexible tissue that surrounds the shoulder joint, known as the capsule, becomes inflamedandthickened. It's not fully understood why this happens.
The following can increase your risk of developing a frozen shoulder:
It's estimated that up to 1 in 20 people in the UK may be affected by frozen shoulder at some point in their life. Most people who get frozen shoulder are between the ages of 40 and 60. The condition is more common in women than men.
However, appropriate treatment can help reduce pain and improve the movement in your shoulder until it heals.
The type of treatment you receive will depend on how severe yourfrozen shoulder is and how far it's progressed.Possible treatment options include:
If your symptoms haven't improved after six months, surgery may be recommended.
Frozen shoulder is a condition that leads to pain and stiffness of the shoulder. It is also known as adhesive capsulitis or shoulder contracture.
Pain and persistent stiffness in the shoulder joint are the two main symptoms of a frozen shoulder.
Frozen shoulder occurs when the sleeve that surrounds the shoulder joint, known as the capsule, becomes swollen and thickened.
You should see your GP if you think you have a frozen shoulder, or if you have persistent shoulder pain that limits your range of movement.
Treatment for a frozen shoulder will vary, depending on the stage of the condition and the severity of your pain and stiffness.