Whatever the reason, you hurt your shoulder a while back and it hasn’t got any better. At times you will wake with shoulder pain and cannot identify with a specific injury.
Not that you haven’t tried to help it heal. You’ve favoured your shoulder and avoided strenuous activities. But now your shoulder’s so stiff you can barely move it. And the pain—an aching, burning feeling—is there even when you sleep.
Your doctor’s diagnosis? Frozen shoulder, a painful, often frustrating condition that can make your shoulder stiff and sore for a year or more.
Frozen shoulder usually gets better on its own. But if symptoms persist for more than two weeks, see your doctor. There are a variety of treatments that may improve your shoulder’s flexibility and perhaps shorten your recovery.
Frozen shoulder can affect anyone, but you are more likely to develop it in your 50’s or 60’s. For unknown reasons, it is about five times more common in people with diabetes mellitus than in people without diabetes.
Frozen shoulder usually affects one shoulder but can affect both.
Download our information sheet to learn more about Frozen Shoulder and treatment options.