Frozen shoulder is also called adhesive capsulitis, causes pain and stiffness in the shoulder. Over time, the shoulder becomes very hard to move.There is unilateral pain in the shoulder, at times in both the shoulders, with radiation of pain to the arm.Uploaded Image 

It is a common condition occurring in adults at any age. In most cases, this condition appears without any obvious cause, but it is usually related to over use or injury. There is restriction in the gleno-humoral movement. In a mild case, simple exercise can correct the situation. Physiotherapy is the best solution apart from some minor medication.


Frozen shoulder typically develops slowly, and in three stages. Each stage can last a number of months.

  • Freezing stage-Any movement of shoulder causes pain, and  shoulder's range of motion starts to become limited.
  • Frozen stage-Pain may begin to diminish during this stage. However,shoulder becomes stiffer, and using it becomes more difficult.
  • Thawing stage- The range of motion in shoulder begins to improve.

For some people, the pain worsens at night, sometimes disrupting sleep.


The bones, ligaments and tendons that make up shoulder joint are encased in a capsule of connective tissue. Frozen shoulder occurs when this capsule thickens and tightens around the shoulder joint, restricting its movement.


Certain factors may increase risk of developing frozen shoulder.

Age and sex

People 40 and older, particularly women, are more likely to have frozen shoulder.

Immobility or reduced mobility

People who've had prolonged immobility or reduced mobility of the shoulder are at higher risk of developing frozen shoulder. Immobility may be the result of many factors, including:

  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Broken arm
  • Stroke
  • Recovery from surgery

Systemic Diseases

People who have certain diseases appear more likely to develop frozen shoulder. Diseases that might increase risk include:

  • Diabetes
  • Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
  • Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Tuberculosis
  • Parkinson's disease


FERRUM MET-Useful for frozen shoulder with cracking in joints particularly in the shoulder with an irresistible desire to bend the arm, with intense pain.There is Sudden cramps or tearing pain in the limbs.

THIOSINAMINUM-Useful in torn ligaments, especially in the shoulder.There is difficult mobility of the joint. Useful for stiffness of shoulder joint.

RHUSTOX-Useful for hot, painful and swollen joint.There is tearing pain especially in tendons and ligaments, which spread over a large surface of the nape of the neck.Given ehen pain worse after midnight, blow, jar, riding, ice cold drinks, wet rainy weather, beginning motion, rest and over exertion.

RUTA G-Very useful medicine for injured joints, tendons and bruished bones.There is cracking of joints worse walking in the open air . tendons are sore, aching and painful. Worse from over exertion, injury. Over use of joints; weak ligaments and joints; fibrositis, bursitis, tendonitis, frozen shoulder from over use.

SANGUINERIA CAN-Useful for rheumatism of the right shoulder.There is cutting pain or stiffness in the right deltoid which is worse raising and turning the arm. Pain is worse at night.