Mechanism of Injury
A shoulder joint functions as a “ball and socket” joint, meaning the ball of the humerus bone (the arm bone) rests in the socket of the scapula (shoulder blade). A frozen shoulder occurs when the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint thickens and contracts, gradually limiting movement.
Athletes with a frozen shoulder may experience:
The condition of frozen shoulder is divided into stages which usually occur over a series of many months:
Stage 1 – Freezing stage, slow onset of pain and loss of motion
Stage 2 – Frozen stage, pain lessens, stiffness remains
Stage 3 – Thawing stage, shoulder range of motion is returned gradually
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