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How do you know if you have a frozen shoulder?

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A frozenshoulder is also known as adhesive capsulitis. It can be a cause of shoulder pain and it can be a difficult situation for anyone. It is difficult for you because it can limit the functional use of your arm. This is a problem that happens slowly over time.

If you are suffering from frozen shoulder, shoulder pain and tightness will make your daily life difficult for you. You will find it difficult to reach overhead isn't to perform simple activities at home. In case of women fastening the bra and in case of man reaching into the back pocket to get the wallet can be difficult.


There is no such specific test for the diagnosis of a frozen shoulder problem. X-ray or MRI or any other such diagnostic tests are not available which will help you to find out whether you are suffering from this problem or not. It is generally diagnosed by observing the range of motion of your shoulder.

You can try to find out whether you have this problem on not. To do that, you need to do the following-

Stand in front of a mirror and observe yourself as you move your arm and shoulder. Your friends and family members can also help you by observing. Now watch the quantity of your shoulder motion along with the quality of the motion.

Slowly raised both arms up in front of you and overhead. If you experience pain in your arms and can only raise to a point just past parallel with the floor, then probably you have frozen shoulders. If you have this problem, your shoulder blade will rise up unnaturally and your painful shoulder may move up towards your ear. While lifting your arms, it you are likely to experience pain in your shoulder. Once you find all that, simply lower your arms slowly.

Now slowly lift your arm out to the side and observe the amount of motion that happens when you do that. If you see that the shoulder only goes up to a point that is just level with the floor and you feel pain, you probably have frozen shoulder. Like in the previous step, your shoulder may also move up towards your ear.

Now, stand with both arms at your side and keep your elbows bend to 90°. Keep the elbows tucked into your sides and rotate your arms out. This is known as external rotation. You will feel pain and the painful side will not rotate out as far as your non-painful arm.

After performing these motions and exercises and observing the results, it'll be easier for you to understand whether you have frozen shoulder on not. If you understand that you have this problem, you need to call your doctor or physical therapist so that a proper evaluation of the condition can be done.

A frozen shoulder will start with the freezing stage where the pain and restriction of motion have just started and then it will gradually progress from there to the frozen stage and then finally to the thawing stage.

It is important for you to seek treatment during the freezing stage because that will help you to decrease the seniority and duration of the condition. For treating frozen shoulder, different types of treatment options may be available. Physical therapy mostly involves therapies to help decrease your pain.


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