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Frozen Shoulder Definition & Overview

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.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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