Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition
characterized by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint. Signs and
symptoms typically begin gradually, worsen over time and then resolve,
usually within one to three years.
Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint made up of three bones your upper arm bone (humerus), your shoulder blade called as scapula, and your collarbone (clavicle). The head of the upper arm bone fits into a shallow socket in your shoulder blade. Strong connective tissue, called the shoulder capsule, surrounds the joint. Synovial fluid lubricates the shoulder capsule and the joint to help your shoulder move more easily,
• Pain due to frozen shoulder is usually dull or aching.
• Pain can be worsened with attempted motion.
• The pain is usually located over the outer shoulder area and sometimes the upper arm.
• Restricted motion or stiffness in the shoulder.
• Affected individual cannot move the shoulder normally.
Your doctor may suspect frozen shoulder, and evaluate the stages of frozen
shoulder and accordingly ask to perform physical exams like radiograph,
and recommend the therapy accordingly.
Physiotherapy for frozen shoulder is an effective way to support and speed up recovery. A physiotherapist assesses your shoulder and use several methods to increase movement of your shoulder and suggest specific physiotherapy exercises for shoulder pain designed to stretch the affected joint capsule.