What Does Adhesive Capsulitis Feel Like?

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  1. Freezing phase, the stage of when you make any movement with the affected shoulder, you feel pain. In this stage, the range of motion of this shoulder will start to become limited. There is chance for the pain to get worse at night, affecting the quality of your sleep.
  2. Frozen phase. The pain sensation usually start to decrease, but another major problem comes. The shoulder starts to become stiffer, making it become more difficult to use.
  3. The function of the affected shoulder starts to improve with time. This recovery phase is also called as thawing stage.

When you should see a doctor to find help?

The symptoms of adhesive capsulitis can vary, from mild (such as mild pain and stiffness) to severe (a condition of when you cannot move the joint of your shoulder at all).


Another important thing you need to know, earlier diagnosis can help treat frozen shoulder easier.

Experts say that earlier diagnosis and appropriate treatment you take can be essential to help prevent long-term pain and stiffness in the affected joint! So, if you in doubt to any pain in your shoulder, especially for persistent shoulder pain or stiffness that limit your movement, it is better to see a doctor promptly!

There are some tests and procedures to help diagnose the existence of frozen shoulder. These usually include physical examination and some imaging tests (such as X-rays, MRI, or ultrasound scan).

Your doctor may ask you to take other tests to help rule out other possible causes. For instance, if he /she think that you may have diabetes (as noted before, diabetes can coexist with adhesive capsulitis), you usually will be asked to take a blood test.

Citations /references:

  1. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/frozen-shoulder/basics/definition/con-20022510
  2. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Frozen-shoulder/Pages/Introduction.aspx


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