What is Frozen Shoulder?

The medical term for frozen shoulder is "adhesive capsulitis". This is a painful condition and makes it difficult for the sufferer to mobilize his or her shoulder. Most of the time, the condition only appears on one side of the body. And because the shoulder gets so stiff and painful, it makes doing the most simple things hard – such as scratching your head.

Although this ailment can affect people of all age groups, the most commonly affected are those between 40-60 years of age. Women make up a large majority of these statistics. Studies show that the reason this happens is because of menopause, and the changing hormonal levels of the body. People who suffer from diabetes also tend to get this condition. Here's some of the symptoms of frozen shoulder:

If you will a gradual pain that worsens as time goes by. This pain is less acute during the day times and increases when any type of strain is placed upon the shoulder. The pain can go on for around seven months and this is considered its first phase.

The second part of this condition is where the shoulder begins to tighten up and stiffen, making it difficult for you to move the upper part of your arm. By this time, the pain should have subsided though mobility is decreased. This might go on for another 5 to 8 months.

After that, either through medical treatments on natural therapy, your shoulders should begin to heal and regain its range of motion. You can do your own simple treatments at home such as applying hot compression packs onto your shoulder, followed by cold compression. This not only helps to relieve the pain but promotes blood flow and in turn reduces swelling and increases rate of recovery.

In the event that you experience severe pain or find it unbearable, your doctor might prescribe you anti-inflammatory creams or drugs that will aid in pain relief. Statistics have shown that once you experience a frozen shoulder, you will never experience it on the same shoulder ever again (it's a once off thing).

In the meantime time, take plenty of rest and immobilize your shoulder through the use of slings and braces, to help speed up recovery.