Are you experiencing pain in your shoulder? Perhaps, your movement in that shoulder is also limited. If this is the case, you may be suffering from frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis.
Cleveland Clinic explains the condition got the name frozen shoulder “because the more pain that is felt, the less likely the shoulder will be used.” By not using the shoulder, it will become tight and ultimately make the shoulder even more difficult to move, notes the source. Luckily there are ways to treat it. But there’s a lot more to know about this painful condition. Let’s take a look at the common signs and symptoms, causes, and treatment options for adhesive capsulitis.
What Is Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)?
Adhesive capsulitis is a painful condition that affects your shoulder joint. The shoulder is a complex area made up of three bones (humerus, scapula, and clavicle) that form a ball and socket joint. Tissue surrounds the joint to keep everything in place and this is called the shoulder capsule.
Healthline explains, when adhesive capsulitis develops, “the tissues in your shoulder joint become thicker and tighter, scar tissue develops over time.” The scar tissue can make it difficult to rotate the shoulder properly ultimately leading to loss of range of motion.