What is a Frozen Shoulder?
Adhesive Capsulitis (AC), also known as Frozen Shoulder, is a painful and debilitating condition which restricts the glenohumeral (shoulder) joint movement. It often starts off with a slight pain and stiffness in the shoulder which gradually worsens, making it difficult and painful to exert movements which require the shoulder such as reaching above your head.
In the early stages of developing a frozen shoulder, patients will often experience extreme pain at night which interrupts and disturbs their sleep. Lack of sleep can cause its own pain and depression therefore the treatment for a frozen shoulder is focused on relieving pain so patients can sleep better and restore the shoulder’s normal range of motion.