Frozen Shoulder Causes, Signs And Symptoms

by Administrator 23. February 2015 12:12

Frozen Shoulder, also known as Adhesive Capsulitis, is a very common condition, characterized by stiffness, pain and limited range of motion in the shoulder. It occurs due to inflammation in the sac of ligaments surrounding the shoulder joint. The condition typically affects one shoulder but it can occur in both the shoulders too.


  • Inability to use the shoulder normally because of pain, injury or chronic health condition.
  • Diabetes & Stoke
  • Cervical disk disease
  • Surgery in the shoulder
  • Thyroid Problems
  • Activities which involve heavy rotation of the arm.
  • Excessive weight lifting
  • Old age

There are ample of reasons, which could cause stress on the shoulders leading to inflammation in the joints that causes Frozen Shoulder.

Signs & Symptoms

The common symptoms of frozen shoulder are pain and stiffness in the shoulder however the pain can be classified into three phases:

  • Phase One (Painful Phase): This phase generally lasts for a period of 2-9 months. It is a painful phase in which the stiffness and limitation in the range of motion builds up gradually. The pain at this stage worsens during the night and when the patient lies on the affected side.
  • Phase Two (Stiff / Adhesive Phase): At this phase the pain eases but the stiffness and limitation in movement gets worse. This lasts for a period of more than 9 months. Every movement of the shoulder affects the condition and rotation of the arms outwards affects it most severely.
  • Phase Three ( Thawing / Recovering Phase): This phases lasts between one to three years and is characterized by reduction in the pain and stiffness which gradually gets back to normal or near normal.

The symptoms of frozen shoulder may also affect daily chores such as dressing, sleeping, driving, eating, cooking etc. If the condition remains untreated, it could last for a very long time.


It is important to get the condition diagnosed and treated by a specialized orthopedic doctor.

  • Anti-Inflammatory: A doctor may recommend anti- inflammatory painkillers to reduce the swelling.
  • Exercises: There are many shoulder exercises that may help in improving the range of motion.
  • Physiotherapy: Many patients suffering from Frozen Shoulder are referred for Physiotherapy, which helps in relieving pain and increasing the range of motion.
  • Surgery: In extreme cases surgery is performed to ease pain and offer relief to the patient.

For more information about the shoulder conditions and the treatment options available, contact Dr. Kouyoumjian. To schedule an appointment, you can call at (972) 985 – 1072 (Plano) or (214) 618 – 5502 (Frisco).

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