Frozen shoulder is a condition that leads to pain and stiffness around the shoulder joint. It occurs when the capsule around shoulder joint thickens and tightens thus restricting the movement of the shoulder.
The typical symptoms have 3 phases:
- Phase I: the “freezing”, painful phase: painful around the joint, stiffness and restricted movement gradually increase.
- Phase II: the “frozen” phase: pain is slowly decreasing but stiffness and limitation in movement remain or it might get worse. Muscles around the shoulder may go wasting as they are not used.
- Phase III: the recovery phase: pain and stiffness slowly eases and movement gradually begins to improve.