What Causes a Frozen Shoulder?
Even while pain and limited motion are common symptoms of a number of shoulder conditions, a frozen shoulder is almost always the result of inflammation of the tissues that surround the joint. Inflammation is characterized by swelling, pain, and irritation. When you have a joint, you have something called a capsule surrounding it. In its natural state, the capsule will have folds that are capable of expanding and contracting in response to the movement of the arm into different positions.
Capsule inflammation and scarring are common symptoms of frozen shoulder. When adhesions form, they are referred to as scars. Movement of the shoulder joint becomes more difficult and uncomfortable when the capsule’s folds become damaged and constricted.
It is not entirely clear what factors contribute to the development of this illness. A frozen shoulder can occur if the shoulder is immobilized, as in the case of an arm injury. The shoulder joint can also become frozen if the muscles or tendons are inflamed, such as with rotator cuff tendinitis or bursitis.
Physiotherapy can help avoid or at least decrease the occurrence of a frozen shoulder when a shoulder injury causes pain or difficulty moving the shoulder. Physiotherapy and orthopedics can work together to create an exercise regimen tailored to your needs.