Frozen shoulder symptoms include:
- Extremely limited motion
- Pain when attempting to move the arm
- Stiffness in the shoulder
Symptoms of frozen shoulder develop gradually and eventually get worse. Often within a year to two years the symptoms will disappear.
Diagnosis of a frozen shoulder most often is made during a physical exam performed by an orthopedic doctor specializing in shoulder conditions. The shoulder specialist will have patients move their arms in certain directions to evaluate pain and range of motion.
In addition, the orthopedic specialist will move the arm while patients relax their muscles. This test helps to distinguish between frozen shoulder and rotator cuff injury.
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