What is Frozen Shoulder?

Updated: Sep 1, 2020

Frozen Shoulder is a Stiffening of the Shoulder

The demands upon the shoulder can be dramatic, especially when it comes to overhead sports and engaging in work that demands an extensive range of movement.

Though the shoulder joint offers a very high range of motion (the shoulder is considered the "most mobile" joint) it is still susceptible to injury when its full range of motion is exceeded or the shoulder is overloaded due to activity.

What is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen Shoulder Can Make Everyday Activities Such as Lifting Difficult

In a nutshell, frozen shoulder is a stiffening of the shoulder. It is also knowns as adhesive capsulitis. It may make your daily routine virtually impossible if you are using the joint often during work or everyday activities. And the condition may be even more debilitating if you are involved in high-level athletics.

Frozen Shoulder: What Is Happening?

In our shoulder, we have a "capsule"' or joint lining. When this soft tissue that is in this capsule thickens and tightens, the result can be scarring that leads to motion loss.

The result is the aforementioned stiffness of the shoulder, which is bad enough. But it can also lead to additional shoulder conditions like rotator cuff tears, labral tears, and impingement.