What Is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder or adhesive capulitis ( is when you have stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. It is a common condition that typically it affects women ages 40 through 60 and is described in three phases: the freezing phase, the frozen phase and the thawing phase. If you think you have frozen shoulder, the first step is to visit your doctor. An X-ray may be done to find out if the symptoms are from another condition such as arthritis or a broken bone. Treatment can include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and the application of heat to the affected area. Sometimes surgery is needed to loosen up tight tissues around the shoulder. Visit the University of Vermont Medical Center to find out more: