Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that causes pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. It tends to develop gradually in stages.
Frozen shoulder can make it difficult to lift objects and perform everyday activities—sometimes it even impacts your ability to work, especially if you have a physically demanding job. The pain can make it difficult or impossible to move your shoulder. You may also experience worsening shoulder pain at night that makes it difficult to sleep.
The good news is that frozen shoulder usually resolves on its own—but it can take between one and three years. What can you do in the meantime? Below we explore the different stages of frozen shoulder, what causes it, and how it’s treated—including standard treatments versus chiropractic care.
Frozen Shoulder Stages
Frozen shoulder tends to develop in three stages—each with its own distinct symptoms and general timeline—as follows: