Frozen shoulder is also referred to as adhesive capsulitis. This makes the shoulder stiff and difficult to move. It is estimated that two percent of the population suffers from this condition. Anyone can develop this condition. However, women who are between the ages of 40 and 60 are the most likely to develop this condition.
The Anatomy of the Shoulder
Your shoulder is made up of the humerus, scapula, and clavicle. The shoulder also has synovial fluid, which allows the joint to move.
What is frozen shoulder?
Frozen shoulder occurs when the capsule thickens and becomes tight. This often occurs because there is not enough synovial fluid in the joint. The first stage of this condition is the freezing stage. It causes a person to experience pain and reduced range of motion. This typically lasts from six weeks to nine months.
The second stage is the frozen stage. The symptoms may begin to improve, but one still has the stiffness. It typically lasts four to six months. One may experience difficulty while performing daily activities.
The final stage is the thawing stage. Most of the stiffness is gone, and the range of motion returns. This stage typically lasts six months to two years.
What causes frozen shoulder?
The cause of frozen shoulder cannot always be identified. However, there are some conditions that can increase the risk of developing frozen shoulder. Diabetes, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, and hypothyroidism are some of the conditions that have been linked to frozen shoulder. This condition can also develop after the shoulder has been immobilized for a long time.
How is frozen shoulder treated?
The doctor will perform an examination, which may include imaging tests. The physician may recommend physical therapy and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. In some cases, surgery is recommended for patients who suffer from frozen shoulder.
We can help you move with freedom
If you think you may have frozen shoulder and want to find out which treatment option is right for you, then visit our surgeons here at Carolina Hand and Sports Medicine. We will perform a thorough assessment and determine the right treatment for you.