If you’ve heard about frozen shoulder—also known as adhesive capsulitis—you know it’s no fun. A frozen shoulder has lost its normal range of motion and causes pain. The condition can last for around 18 months.About 2% of the population (US) is affected by frozen shoulder.
It often impacts adults aged 40 to 60, and is more common in women and people with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes.
Symptoms are felt when the shoulder joint capsule, composed of ligaments surrounding the shoulder joint, becomes inflamed and thickens, restricting movement. Early on, frozen shoulder symptoms (pain and limited motion) are similar to symptoms of other shoulder conditions—including labral tears and rotator cuff tears—making diagnosis a process of elimination.