See your GP if you think youhave a frozen shoulder, or if you have persistent shoulder pain that limits your range of movement.
Early diagnosis and treatment may helpprevent long-term stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint.
Your GP willexamine your shoulder and ask about your symptoms. They may ask:
During the physical examination, your GP may test your range of movement by asking you to move your arm and shoulder as far as you can in each direction.
Your GP may apply pressure to parts of your shoulder, to determine where your pain is most severe and what's causing it. They'll also look for any swelling, bruising or muscle wasting.
You may sometimes need to have further tests to rule out other possible healthconditions.
For example, if your GP thinks you may have diabetes , a blood test may be recommended. Frozen shoulder is more common in people with diabetes.
An image of your shoulder joint may be taken to check for any physical signs that could suggest another causeof your symptoms. For example, wear and tear caused by arthritis ,or a tear in the tendons around the shoulder.
This may involve:
Frozen shoulder is a condition that leads to pain and stiffness of the shoulder. It is also known as adhesive capsulitis or shoulder contracture.
Pain and persistent stiffness in the shoulder joint are the two main symptoms of a frozen shoulder.
Frozen shoulder occurs when the sleeve that surrounds the shoulder joint, known as the capsule, becomes swollen and thickened.
You should see your GP if you think you have a frozen shoulder, or if you have persistent shoulder pain that limits your range of movement.
Treatment for a frozen shoulder will vary, depending on the stage of the condition and the severity of your pain and stiffness.