What is Frozen Shoulder


Gabriel Ng


Shoulder joint is rather complex, your arm or humerus bone is a ball shape like structure on the upper part of the arm which is attached to the a deep hole that is known as socket of the shoulder blade(scapular bone). So, the shoulder joint is also known as the glenohumeral – is called ball-and-socket joint. The shoulder  capsule ligament around the shoulder joint help to stabilize and protecting the ball and socket joint  hence, giving you the full range of motion of your shoulder movement.

Adhesive capsulitis is the medical term for Frozen Shoulder, the common symptoms include:

  • Stiffness and pain around the shoulder joint
  • Limitation range of motion
  • Tenderness and dull aching pain on the anterior and lateral deltoid muscle

There are typically 3 stages of frozen shoulder pain symptoms:

  1. Freezing stage:

You will begin to feel the pain with some movement on the shoulder.  At this stage you are able to move your shoulder but limited range of motion.  The pain symptom persist over time and gets more severe, it hurts more usually in the night which can disrupt your quality of sleep.  This stage symptom may last from 6 to 9 months.

  1. Frozen stage:

At this phase the pain may improve however, the stiffness of the shoulder gets worsen which will disrupt the daily activities like stretching your arm, putting on shirt or polo shirt etc;  and all these may last up to 4 to 12 months.

  1. Thawing stage:

The range of motion will eventually improves and gradually back to normal.  This stage usually take up to 2 years.




There are many underlying causes of frozen shoulder, unfortunately I see more patients between the ages from 40 – 60 years old experienced more of such condition, and usually are the women.  Other factor of health condition Diabetes type II are more prevalence regardless of gender.

Other common causes are computer work and sleeping postures, over the years I have seen many patients with frozen shoulder ,pain is the result of seated with rounded shoulder with both arms extended far out from the body, with neck and head protruded from the shoulder at the work station. “Such poor unprotected postures accumulated into a traumatized stiffness of the ball and socket joint.

Poor sleeping posture is another prevalent  cause of frozen shoulder related to habitual of repetitive sleeping on one side of the body. Everyone has a comfortable sleeping posture habit and typically most of the shoulder pain or frozen shoulder are the result of sleeping laterally (on the side).

The weight bearing sleeping on one side of the body progressively accumulated the tension and tenderness on the shoulder.  The typical complaints of such shoulder pain are nerve pinching sensation causing numbness tingling pain.  So much so exacerbated to an adhesive capsulitis also known as frozen shoulder.

Shoulder pain can be easily treated without any surgery or invasive treatment like needle injection of corticosteroid or medication.

Pain Clinic @ Wellness Philosophy have more than over 20 years of treating frozen shoulder and other relevant shoulder pain. The result are fast, safe, effective and it is non-invasive.  Call us for more information at 62237170.

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