Frozen Shoulder: Causes, Symptoms & Prevention

Frozen Shoulder, medically termed as Adhesive Capsulitis, is a condition in which there is stiffness & pain in shoulder joint and even motion loss in the shoulder.

Frozen Shoulder develops in a person who is recovering from a medical condition, injury or chronic health condition such as diabetes or a stroke. It mostly affects people between the age of 40 & 60 years.

Mostly Frozen Shoulder does not recur in the same shoulder, but few people may develop it in the opposite shoulder. The condition generally develops slowly, and then goes away at a slow pace over the course of a year or more.


The condition occurs when the bones, ligaments & tendons that make up shoulder joint are covered in a capsule of connective tissue, this capsule thickens & contracts around the shoulder joint, restricting its movement.

Frozen Shoulder can develop when a person stop using the joint normally or not able to keep working shoulder in full range of motion due to pain, injury, or a chronic health condition, such as diabetes or a stroke. Any shoulder related problem can lead to Frozen Shoulder.


The most common symptoms are:

  • Stiffness
  • Pain in outer shoulder area
  • Pain in upper arm
  • Restricted motion

For few people, the pain worsens at night & can make sleep very uncomfortable.


The most common causes of Frozen Shoulder is the immobility of shoulder during recovery from a shoulder injury, broken arm or a stroke.

If a person had an injury or a surgery which makes it difficult to move shoulder, then he should take a doctor advice related to range-of-motion exercises, stretching and ways to use shoulder to prevent from Frozen Shoulder.

Still experts have no reasons for some cases that what causes Frozen Shoulder, so sometimes it may not be possible to prevent it.

Though, Frozen Shoulder almost gets better over time with regular exercises.

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Note – This information has been taken from different internet sources.

  admin          2015-08-28          Post Type

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