Frozen Shoulder: Understanding and Management

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition distinct from radiculopathy. It involves stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint, leading to limited range of motion.

What Exactly Is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder is a condition where the shoulder capsule becomes thickened and tight, often resulting in pain and a significant decrease in the ability to move the shoulder.

Common Causes of Frozen Shoulder

Immobility or Reduced Mobility

Often following an injury or surgery.

Systemic Conditions

Such as diabetes or thyroid disorders.

Age and Gender

More common in people aged 40-60, particularly women.

Understanding these causes is crucial for effective treatment and management.

Signs and Symptoms

Common symptoms of frozen shoulder include:
Gradual Onset of Pain

Typically worsening over time.

Limited Range of Motion

Difficulty with movements like raising the arm.


Leading to decreased functionality in the shoulder.

Diagnosing frozen shoulder typically involves a physical examination and potentially imaging tests like X-rays or MRIs.

What Causes Frozen Shoulder?

Factors contributing to frozen shoulder include:
Joint Inflammation

Leading to scar tissue formation and reduced mobility.

Lack of Use

Due to pain, injury, or surgery.

Certain Medical Conditions

Leading Including diabetes and heart disease. decreased functionality in the shoulder.

Treatment Options

Treatment for frozen shoulder focuses on restoring joint movement and reducing pain:
Physical Therapy

Exercises to improve range of motion and strength.


For pain relief and to reduce inflammation.

Heat and Cold Therapy

To manage pain and reduce inflammation.

Corticosteroid Injections

To reduce inflammation in the shoulder joint.


In severe cases, to loosen the joint capsule.

Wellness Docs Can Help

Wellness Docs offer a holistic approach to managing frozen shoulder, focusing on personalized treatment plans that include physical therapy, lifestyle changes, and pain management strategies.

Risk Factors If Left Untreated

Ignoring frozen shoulder can lead to prolonged symptoms, increased pain, and decreased function. Early intervention is key to preventing long-term complications.


Preventive measures include maintaining shoulder mobility through regular exercise, especially after injury or surgery. Early treatment is crucial for optimal outcomes in managing frozen shoulder.If you're experiencing symptoms of frozen shoulder, seek medical attention. Wellness Docs or other healthcare professionals can provide a comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment plan to effectively manage your condition and improve your shoulder health.

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