What Is Frozen Shoulder?

Adhesive capsulitis, more commonly referred to as Frozen Shoulder, causes pain, stiffness, reduced range of motion and immobility in the shoulder. Over time, the shoulder becomes increasingly difficult to move.

The condition comes in stages:

Stage 1 – Freezing: During the freezing stage, a patient experiences increasing pain. As that pain increases, the patient’s range of motion will continue to diminish, often lasting fom 6 weeks to 9 months.

Stage 2 – Frozen: During the Frozen stage, pain may decrease, but the stiffness and lost of range will remain. This stage last 4-6 months; during this time, daily activities often become increasingly difficult.

Stage 3 – Thawing: During this stage, the restricted range of motion slowly begins to improve. The return to 100% complete range of motion and strength typically takes 6 months to 2 years.