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What is frozen shoulder?

A frozen shoulder is the result of inflammation, scarring, thickening, and shrinkage of the capsule that surrounds the normal shoulder joint. It is also referred to as adhesive capsulitis, peri-arthritis. Any injury to the shoulder can lead to frozen shoulder, including tendinitis, bursitis, and rotator cuff injury. In the frozen stage of shoulder, support it from a simple strap. Care is needed during exercise. Long-term immobility of the shoulder joint can put people at risk to develop a frozen shoulder, causing severe frozen shoulder pain. Frozen shoulder exercises are recommended in the 'freezing and frozen stages' to keep the shoulder mobile to the possible extent. Frozen shoulder leads to immobility of shoulder joints with minimized range of motion. Daily life gets affected as shoulder joint allows us to perform activities with hands.

Frozen shoulder symptoms

  • Shoulder joint pain; usually a dull, aching pain.
  • Inability to raise arm.
  • Pain when trying to sleep over the affected shoulder.
  • Shoulder joint pain while sleeping.
  • Limited movement of the shoulder.
  • Difficulty while brushing the hair, putting on shirts etc.
  • Shoulder joint stiffness.


If you know what is frozen shoulder then you must be familiar with its causes and symptoms.Frozen shoulder symptoms typically vary and develop in three stages. Each of these stages can last several months. It can take 9 months to 2 years to recover the range of motion and function of your shoulder.


  • Painful stage: During this stage, pain gradually worsens over time with increase stiffness and limitation in the movement of the arm.
  • Frozen stage: This stage shows a decline in the pain but the stiffness will remain and may get more severe.
  • Thawing stage: At this stage, the pain reduces with an increase in the movement of the arm.

Starting frozen shoulder exercises immediately and staying consistent with your treatment program will help to prevent long term stiffness and decrease the pain in the joint.

Frozen shoulder causes

The cause of frozen shoulder is not clear, but it probably involves an underlying inflammatory process. However, most people with frozen shoulder have suffered from immobility as a result of a recent injury or fracture but this is not always true. Cases occur for no apparent reason. Usually only one shoulder is affected, although in about one-third of cases, motion may be limited in both arms.

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Exercises given here are for otherwise healthy patients. If you have multiple medical conditions please be cautioned that some exercises may not be suitable at all. Consult our Yoga Doctors for a routine customized to your medical condition.

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