Symptoms and Signs of Frozen Shoulder Symptoms, Pain Relief, Causes,Treatment, and Surgery

Doctor's Notes on Frozen Shoulder Symptoms, Pain Relief, Causes,Treatment, and Surgery

A shoulder joint that has lost a substantial range of motion in all directions is considered a frozen shoulder. Frozen shoulder symptoms and signs are as follows:

  • limited range of motion in all directions around the joint,
  • painful shoulder if you or your doctor tries to move a shoulder passed its limited range of motion, even when the person is relaxed, and
  • shoulder may be painless as long as it is not moved or if it is moved minimally.

The cause of frozen shoulder results from a series of processes including inflammation, scarring, thickening and/or shrinkage of the castle that surrounds the normal shoulder joint. Shoulder injuries, tendinitis, bursitis, shoulder overuse, rotator cuff injuries and long – term immobility of the shoulder joint can contribute to the cause of frozen shoulder.

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Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

REFERENCE:

Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.