Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder

26th January, 2021

How do I know if my persistent shoulder pain is actually frozen shoulder?

Shoulder aches are as common as the common flu today. Our modern-day lifestyle puts us in a sedentary position for long periods of time and that usually results in poor posture and a consistent soreness around our shoulders.

But what does it mean when pain and discomfort occur? When does it signify something more serious?


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Possible causes of shoulder pain

Shoulder pains are usually caused by injuries due to overactivity, dislocation, fractures, tendinitis, or pinched nerves. It can also happen more frequently as we age as the soft tissues surrounding our shoulder tend to degenerate as we get older, which leads to a higher chance for injuries.

If it’s due to these factors, the pain you experience will likely be in the areas of injury. However, when your shoulder pain is caused by conditions such as muscle strains or poor posture, the pain can often radiate towards your neck as well.

Certain diseases can also bring about pain that travels to the shoulders from other areas of your body. This includes diseases of the spine, gallbladder and heart.

Understanding the types of pain you experience can help you determine the causes of your shoulder pain.

How do I know if it’s a frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) or also known as freezing shoulder or cold shoulder is one of the most common type of shoulder pain in Singapore. It causes a restriction of motion in the shoulder joint when the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint to contract and form scar tissue. They form bands of scar tissue called adhesions.  The contraction of the capsule and the formation of the adhesions cause the frozen shoulder to become stiff and cause movement to become painful.

3 stages of frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder often occurs with no associated injury or discernible cause, though there are patients who develop a frozen shoulder after a traumatic injury to the shoulder.

There are 3 stages to a frozen shoulder:

  • Stage 1- Freezing

The shoulder becomes stiff and then very painful with movement, especially at night.

  • Stage 2- Frozen

The shoulder becomes INCREASINGLY STIFF, severely limiting the range of motion.

  • Stage 3- Thawing

Movement in the shoulder begins to improve. Pain may fade but occasionally recur.

Other shoulder conditions can also cause difficulty with movement of the shoulder, such as a rotator cuff tear. Therefore, it is important to see a shoulder pain doctor who is familiar with this condition for a proper diagnosis.

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6 Frozen Shoulder simple exercises

In order to regain your shoulder mobility, exercises should be incorporated as part of your recovery. Below are 6 simple exercises that you can do at home or at work:

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