Frozen shoulder is also known as Adhesive Capsulitis. It is a condition where the connective tissue surrounding the glenohumeral joint (shoulder joint) becomes inflamed and stiff. The exact cause of this pathology is unknown, although it is more likely to occur in people who are aged between 40-65 years, more common in women than men, diagnosed with neurological disorders, diabetes or/and thyroid.
Frozen shoulder has three phases of symptoms:
- The first phase is ‘Freezing’ in this stage the pain increases at rest, while sleeping and daily activities like putting on shirt is limited.
- The second phase is ‘Frozen’ in this stage the pain subsides but stiffness of shoulder makes the movement even more limited. The most limiting movements are; flexion, abduction and external rotation of the shoulder.
- The third phase is ‘Thawing’ this is the stage where stiffness of shoulder is minor. There is progressive improvement in the range of motion.The muscles around our neck and shoulder play vital role in preserving our range of motion. The mechanism of limiting movements faced by frozen shoulder has to do with shoulder and cervical region. Apart from being restricted with shoulder activity, cervical area is also restricted but mainly: head extension, lateral flexion geared toward the shoulder and rotation to the opposite side up the lateral flexion. Thus most of the people with frozen shoulder will be tempted to do compensatory movement either with their neck or shoulder to perform certain motion of activity.
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