The shoulder is one of the most complex joints in the body. It allows a lot of movement but in turn gives up a lot of stability which can make it prone to injury. Shoulder pain can arise from poor posture, repetitive strain, falls and other reasons. In the shoulder, pain usually arises from the tendons, muscles, and/or ligaments but it can be a direct joint problem or a nerve irritation. The shoulder can be treated by many different means but an accurate diagnosis needs to be determined first so the most effective treatment can be given.
A frozen shoulder occurs when the joint loses lubrication and scar tissue is deposited around the area. This generally occurs in three stages known as the freezing, frozen, and thawing phases.
People who have a frozen shoulder generally experience progressive stiffening of the shoulder, which can be very painful. Without treatment a frozen shoulder lasts for approximately 3 to 5 years and it is common for decreased range of motion to still be present after this time.
It is important to realise that if you have a frozen shoulder you must maintain as much flexibility as you can. This will help reduce the duration of the condition and increase the likelihood of a full recovery.