Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)

What is Adhesive Capsulitis?

Adhesive capsulitis, more commonly known as frozen shoulder, describes a fibrotic condition with chronic inflammation of the shoulder joint capsule, tendons, and bursae. The result is severe pain and loss of range of motion in the shoulder. The typical time course from onset to recovery is typically two years in length. Despite being a fairly common injury, the mechanisms that cause the condition are poorly understood. Research suggests that frozen shoulder may be a complication of surgeries or prior rotator cuff injuries. In many cases however, frozen shoulder occurs spontaneously with no known cause.

Common Symptoms

  • Pain in anywhere from the shoulder down to the elbow
  • Significant loss of range of motion
  • Pain with rest or when trying to sleep

Treatment Strategies

Although frozen shoulder can be persistent until it has run its course, there are many strategies to control pain, maintain, and improve range of motion of the shoulder. Book a physiotherapy, chiropractic, or massage therapy  appointment with one of our skilled clinicians to help you through the recovery process.