Published: Sept. 26, 2011
Updated: Mar. 20, 2012
Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, is a condition in which the shoulder capsule -- the shoulder's connective tissue surrounding the shoulder joint -- becomes stiff and swollen, causing chronic pain and lack of motion.
The exact cause of frozen shoulder is not completely understood. It is most prevalent in individuals:
Frozen shoulder symptoms include:
There are three stages that characterize frozen shoulder symptoms:
A physical examination of the shoulder, with focus on its range of motion, enables the doctor to diagnose the problem and determine the most appropriate frozen shoulder therapy.
Your doctor may also use x-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to rule out underlying conditions such as arthritis or soft tissue damage, such as a torn rotator cuff.
Frozen shoulder treatments typically begin with non-invasive options such as:
In severe cases, in which full range of motion does not return to the shoulder, surgery may be required.
Frozen shoulder treatments and frozen shoulder therapy are offered at locations convenient to Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Watch an educational video about frozen shoulder treatments and frozen shoulder therapy.