What is it and what are the symptoms?
Frozen shoulder (Clinically known as adhesive capsulitis) is a condition at the shoulder that initially starts as pain and then progresses into stiffness of the shoulder joint. The time it takes to recover from and the treatment you might need does vary between patients. It is an inflammatory condition that causes stiffness through the shoulder and mostly commonly restricting and painful in external shoulder rotation and abduction. It frequently causes the most pain during the night and it is most commonly seen in females, those aged 35-65, and the diabetic population are more at risk.
Why does it happen?
This is a great question that to this day is still highly debated. Both genetic and environmental factors can contribute to the onset of frozen shoulder.
It can onset for no obvious reason where nothing in terms of lifestyle has changed and there is no trauma. It can also onset as a result of a predisposing factor or following surgery.
How can we help?
Treatment for a frozen shoulder is still widely discussed and the best course of treatment does vary between individuals. We can definitely help but due to the nature of this injury it can take time and become exceedingly frustrating for those with the condition.