Frozen Shoulder

A frozen shoulder happens when the shoulder capsule becomes thick and difficult to move. The shoulder capsule is that the tissue that surrounds the shoulder joint that holds the upper arm, shoulder blade, & collarbone together.

When you have a frozen shoulder, bands of connective tissue will form and there’s less synovial fluid to assist lubricate the joint. The stages of frozen shoulder are:

Freezing — you gradually experience more pain, and you lose the flexibility to completely move your shoulder, which might take from 6 weeks to 9 months.

Frozen — symptoms usually improve during this stage, but day-to-day activities are challenging, will last for 4 to 6 months.

Thawing — the motion in your shoulder gradually improves during the thawing stage, will take as long as 2 years to return to full activity.

Frozen shoulder is often first treated. A combination of the following nonsurgical strategies usually relieve pain & improve mobility: