So sometimes inspiration comes from an unlikely source. My husband and I were watching Younger one night, and they had an episode that included a character getting frozen shoulder, or, as they referred to it on the show, 40-year-old shoulder.
I knew about adhesive capsulitis (the clinical name for frozen shoulder) because of my work for PTPN, but I hadn’t written about it before. And hence my (sometimes trashy) TV-viewing led to a suggestion of this very post.
What is frozen shoulder?
with advice from Chelsea Cole, PTA
Like back pain, shoulder pain can be caused by many things — stress, exercise (or the lack thereof), working in the same position for a long period of time. But if you have chronic shoulder pain and stiffness, as well as limited movement in your shoulder joint, especially over a longer period of time, you could have adhesive capsulitis, more commonly known as frozen shoulder.
Clinically speaking, “a frozen shoulder is the inflammation, scarring, and shrinkage of the capsule around the shoulder joint,” says Chelsea Cole. A physical therapist assistant at Clinton Physical Therapy Center, a Physiquality clinic in Tennessee, she adds that the cause of the inflammation and scarring is often unknown, unfortunately.