Here at Family and Sports Physical Therapy we treat a number of persons who suffer from Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis of the Glenohumeral joint.
There are typically 3 stages involved in the disease process:
Stage 1 - “Freezing” stage which typically last 6 weeks to 9 months and is painful with shoulder movement.
Stage 2 - “Frozen” stage which typically last 4-6 months. Shoulder movement may not be as painful, but shoulder movement is very restricted.
Stage 3 - “Thawing” stage can last 6 months to 2 years. Shoulder motion begins to slowly return to normal.
Women are 70% more likely to develop frozen shoulder than men
Typically occurs between the ages of 40-70
70% of those who develop it are Diabetics
Common causes of frozen shoulder are:
Long term immobilization, such as wearing a sling
Fracture of the arm or shoulder
Surgery of the arm or shoulder