Adhesive Capsulitis or frozen shoulder mostly affects the shoulder joint in people over forty years of age. This is a common joint condition that can not only limit the mobility of the shoulder joint but also cause considerable pain.
What Causes Frozen Shoulder?
Sometimes there is no identifiable cause of frozen shoulder, and it comes about on its own.
Other times it could result from an injury, repetitive stress, and shoulder instability. People who have diabetes are at a higher risk of getting a frozen shoulder.
How Do I Know if I Have a Frozen Shoulder?
The signs and symptoms are more pronounced at night. Shoulder pain is the main symptom that gradually increases over time and becomes severe at night. The pain is aggravated on moving the shoulder joint. This pain is a direct result of inflammation.
The ‘freezing’ stage is when there is a considerable restriction of movements of the shoulder joint along with the pain. This restriction could be severe enough to limit daily activities such as dressing yourself.
In most cases, the symptoms of a frozen shoulder begin to resolve on their own in about 18 months. This is the ‘thawing’ stage.
Management for Frozen Shoulder
The aim of treatment is directed at minimizing the pain and inflammation. This is done through medication. Therapeutic exercises are also started to restore function and mobility of the shoulder joint.
If the symptoms fail to subside in 18 months, minimally invasive surgery can be considered.