– By Cindy Octhaliany, Physiotherapist at Optimum Health Solutions Liverpool.
What is frozen shoulder?
Frozen shoulder (shoulder adhesive capsulitis) is a chronic condition in which scar tissue builds up around the shoulder joint, causing progressive pain and reduced ability to move the shoulder. It usually resolves within 1.5-2 years although a small number of people may have residual ongoing pain and stiffness
Who is at risk of developing it?
Frozen shoulder is a rare condition that affects 1-5% of the population. It usually occurs in people aged between 40-70 years old, and slightly more common in women. Conditions that may place a patient at higher risk of developing it include:
- Previous history of having it in one arm
- Previous history of shoulder trauma, surgery or shoulder immobilisation