Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, is a very painful condition in which the shoulder is completely or partially unmoveable or stiff. It is one of the most painful conditions of the shoulder, the other one being calcific tendonitis, or referred pain from the neck.
Frozen shoulder often starts out of the blue or it may come following an injury to the shoulder. There are usually three phases to this condition, first there is pain, then stiffness and finally a stage of resolution as the pain eases and movement returns. This whole process can take a long time, sometimes two years or more.
This condition may also be linked to diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease and it is also seen with patients with scar tissue in their hands, a condition know as Dupuytrens contracture. It can also occur following an injury to the shoulder.
What is it?
The lining of the shoulder joint, known as the capsule, is normally a very flexible elastic structure. This allows for the huge range of movement that the shoulder has. With a frozen shoulder this capsule and the ligaments become inflamed, swollen, and contracted. The normal elasticity is lost and pain and stiffness set in.
If you suffer from pain and stiffness in your shoulder have some acupuncture sessions as soon as possible. Acupuncture helps relieve the pain and increase mobility.