Frozen shoulder

Painful and gradual stiffening of the shoulder that can often become so stiff and painful that it limits the ability of everyday activities. It’s also known as adhesive capsulitis or shoulder contracture.

The following conditions put you at risk for frozen shoulder:

  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Diabetes
  • Weakened immune system
  • Long periods of inactivity
Rotor Cuff Muscles

Frozen shoulder affects about 1 in 20 adults at some point in their life. It most commonly occurs in people aged between 40 and 60. In about 1 in 5 cases the condition also develops in the other shoulder at some point.

Rotor Cuff Problems

Early treatment helps to prevent the condition from getting worse. If you have diabetes, properly managing it can reduce your risk for a frozen shoulder.

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