Do you have a cold shoulder? No, we’re not talking about alienating someone close to you. We mean Adhesive Capsulitis; it’s a joint condition more commonly known as “frozen shoulder”, and it effects many people — seemingly out of nowhere. Lisa Morrone wrote about “Defrosting” the Frozen Shoulder in her blog post:

The name “adhesive capsulitis” describes the condition where the “folds” of the shoulder capsule (the encasement that holds the two bones together) become inflamed (-“itis”, and adhere to itself limiting its movement. And while the frozen shoulder syndrome most certainly can “come out of nowhere”, it can also result from direct trauma, immobilization, or an underlying medical issue such as diabetes, thyroid or cardiovascular disease.

Here’s the typical progression of a frozen shoulder:

  • Painful Stage– One recognizes that their shoulder (and soon their upper arm) is aching on a regular basis. The pain may wake the person up at night when they roll onto the affected shoulder.
  • Frozen Stage– Motion becomes progressively limited. First limitation noted may be behind the back reach as with putting on a coat, tucking in a shirt or fastening a bra, followed by inability to reach fully overhead.
  • Thawing Stage– The person experiences a gradual reduction in pain level and a freeing up of motions that were previously hindered.

You can read the full post by clicking the link above, and listen to Lisa’s advice on how to deal with “frozen shoulder” on her interview with Ted and PK:

Lisa Morrone

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