Frozen shoulder is a common condition, leading to the loss of the ability to move your shoulder in all directions. Your shoulder freezes, and reaching overhead, behind your back or to the side becomes restricted and painful. Most of the time, frozen shoulder improves but some people are left with permanent stiffness and the need for frozen shoulder physiotherapy.
Frozen shoulder has three stages.
- Painful Stage – Pain is present most or all of the time. Sleeping is difficult and all movements aggravate the pain. Usually lasts three to six months, sometimes more.
- Frozen Stage – Pain lessens but shoulder continues to stiffen. This can last up to 12 months.
- Recovery Stage – Pain goes away and shoulder movements begin to come back. Can last up to 24 months.