Frozen Shoulder is a pain or stiffness in the shoulder typically arising after a period of enforced immobility such as when recovering from a fracture of the arm or shoulder, from a stroke or from an operation such as a Mastectomy. Adhesive Capsulitis is the medical term for the condition. People over the age of 40 are more prone to suffering from it than are younger people. For some reason women seem to be more prone to it than men.
A capsule of connective tissue encases the ligaments, tendons and bones that make up the shoulder. This sometimes tightens and hardens. Frozen Shoulder results.
People who have or have had certain illnesses are also more at risk of getting it. These include diabetes, Parkinson disease, Cardiovascular problems, or an over or under active thyroid.
Frozen Shoulder generally evolves over three stages, each of which can last for several months:
- Stage 1 – Any movement of the shoulder results in pain.
- Stage 2 – The pain becomes less but greater stiffness is felt.
- Stage 3 – The situation gradually improves.
If Frozen Shoulder recurs, it usually does so on the same shoulder, but it can also arise on the other shoulder.