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Frozen Shoulder - Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Frozen shoulder (also known as Adhesive Capsulitis) is a painful condition that causes fibrosis of the glenohumeral joint (or shoulder joint) capsule, resulting in pain, stiffness and limited motion in affected patients.

The limitation in movement affects both active and passive range of motion. That means that your movement is restricted at the shoulder joint both when you try to move your own arm and when someone else tries to move your arm for you. Frozen shoulder usually affects only one shoulder (left or right) and gets better on its own, but it can last two to three years or even longer if left untreated.


People who have frozen shoulder often go through three phases of symptoms: