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Frozen Shoulder Definition

Definition

Frozen shoulder is a tightening of the shoulder joint. It results in a loss of movement and pain at the shoulder joint.

In frozen shoulder:

  • Active range of motion is lost—you cannot move your shoulder well
  • Passive range of motion is lost—someone trying to move your arm at the shoulder joint will find it stiff and difficult to move

This condition gets worse over time. After a period of time, the shoulder may improve spontaneously. This improvement is called thawing.

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