Frozen Shoulder Symptoms

Learn About the Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder SymptomsThese are some of the most commonly reported Frozen Shoulder Symptoms:

  • Shoulder pain; usually a dull, aching pain.
  • Pain when trying to sleep on the affected shoulder
  • Limited movement of the shoulder with severe pain if it is moved beyond a certain range.
  • Difficulty with activities such as brushing teeth/hair or putting on shirts/bras.

The human shoulder is extremely specialized and the most complicated joint of the body. The shoulder joint normally allows for a larger range motion than any other joint in the body. Frozen Shoulder is a condition that causes severe painful restriction of motion in the shoulder joint. Loss of ability to move the shoulder may occur when bands of scar tissue, called adhesions, form. In addition, the soft sacs which cushion the joint, called bursas, may stick together. The shoulder joint becomes stiff and scarred which creates havoc on the ball and socket joint. The ball is actually the top of your arm bone (the humeral head), and the socket is part of your shoulder blade (the glenoid fossa). Surrounding this ball-and-socket joint is a capsule of tissue that envelops the joint, and that is precisely where the damage occurs.

Frozen Shoulder Symptoms typically occur between the ages of 40-60 years

Frozen shoulder causes the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint to contract and form scar tissue which prevents the shoulder bone from being able to move in the socket. The contraction of the capsule and the formation of the adhesions cause the frozen shoulder to become stiff and cause movement to become extremely painful. The shoulder literally becomes “frozen” which is why the condition has been given the name “frozen shoulder”. The formal medical term for the Frozen Shoulder is Adhesive Capsulitis, and this disorder has a range of symptoms, though progressive lack of mobility and increased pain are reported in nearly every case. There are many possible causes for the onset of this ailment, but typically it occurs between the ages of 40-60 years.