Frozen Shoulder

<60-year-old with limited range of motion – Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)

Intro: Adhesive capsulitis, also known as frozen shoulder, is a condition of the shoulder that involves thickening and stiffness of the joint capsule. It most commonly occurs in individuals around 40-60 years of age, with diabetes and thyroid disorders being a risk factor.

Symptoms: Decreased motion of the shoulder along with pain, especially when sleeping on the side. Frozen shoulder may resolve on its own but may take six months to over a year. Not moving the shoulder will likely worsen the condition.

Treatment: Physical therapy and medication. A steroid into the joint may help with this condition as well. For persistent conditions, manipulation under anesthesia or surgical release of the capsule may be done.