Frozen Shoulder

Introduction

Due to the shoulder’s extensive use and flexibility, it is one of the most susceptible joints to injury. When scar tissue forms in the shoulder joint, there is little room for movement, causing a condition known as a frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis. Frozen shoulder is more common in when patient have experienced previous inflammatory conditions or have diabetes. The risk of developing this condition increases when recovering from any condition or procedure that prevents moving the arm.

There are three stages of frozen shoulder. The first, known as “freezing”, is normally the most painful and the shoulder loses the most range of motion during this state. Second stage is “frozen,” where the symptoms actually improve but the joint remains stiff, making daily routines difficult. The third stage is “thawing”, where motion progressively improves and the shoulder joint returns to normal strength. 
Symptoms of frozen shoulder include pain develops, difficulty in lifting the arm above the head, or extending the arm straight forward and around the back. 

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