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Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder
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Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a malady that affects 2-3% of the population. Often the main indicator is initial pain in the joint and decreased mobility. Frozen shoulder can affect people of any age from children to adulthood, but is most commonly diagnosed in people ranging from 40 - 70 years of age, predominantly women.

There are two phases of Frozen Shoulder.  Phase 1 is when pain is present in the joint and there is a slight loss of mobility in the shoulder because of the pain.  Phase 2 is when the pain in the joint begins to subside, and the shoulder begins to freeze up.  During this phase, function of the arm and shoulder may be lost.  Both phases can take up to two years before the shoulder completely freezes up.

The shoulder joint itself is called a ball and socket joint. Ligaments, tendons and muscles work together to provide support, strength and the wide range of motion that enables us to move our arms and hands in a variety of positions in order to complete tasks. All the functions of the shoulder can be compromised by underlying inflammatory diseases and misuse. The specific causes of frozen shoulder are varied and largely still unknown, but onset begins with initial pain, followed by restriction in mobility and finally recovery. 

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