Of the number of cases we have treated at Krumur Clinic, we have seen a pattern of biomechanical imbalances developed over years which lead to the joints becoming inflamed and scar tissues being formed. As this happens, the tissues inside the shoulder joint shrink and harden, making the shoulder harder to move.
People who have frozen shoulder often go through 2 phases of symptoms:
- The 1st phase lasts 2 to 9 months and involves severe & disabling shoulder pain that is worse at night. During this phase, the shoulder becomes increasingly stiff.
- The 2nd (intermediate) phase lasts 4 to 12 months. During this phase, the shoulder becomes very stiff and has limited mobility.
It is true that in most cases, frozen shoulder gets better on its own, even without treatment. However, there are cases in which people never regain the full range of motion they had before.