What is Frozen Shoulder? When trying to move your shoulder normally causes you pain, you may have this condition. It is also known as adhesive capsulitis. With this condition, you may have pain and stiffness in your shoulder. You may also have decreased motion there as well. For example, you may not be able to reach over your head because of the pain and stiffness. Another person will not be able move your shoulder either if they try. This pain is usually felt in the outer shoulder or the upper arm.

If you have frozen shoulder, there are typically three phases you will go through:

The freezing and painful phase. This can last 2-9 months. Pain is the first symptom. Then gradually stiffness and limited movement get worse. At night and when you lie on the affected area, pain can be worse. The frozen and stiff phase. This can last 4-12 months. The pain gets better, stiffness and limited movement gets worse. All shoulder movement is affected but the worst affected is rotation of the arm outwards.

The thawing and recovery phase. This lasts 5-24 months. Over time stiffness can lessen and movement can get back to normal or close to normal.

This condition is caused by inflammation in the joint capsule of the shoulder. Unfortunately, there is usually not a specific cause for this condition. However, the inflammation could be caused by things like: surgery, diabetes, or injury. If you have a cervical disease of the neck, you may also get this condition.

How Can I Decrease Frozen Shoulder Pain? If you are getting pain, you may want to think about using a shoulder brace. Shoulder braces for a frozen shoulder can help lessen the pain you feel. To decrease your pain and keep your shoulder stable, shoulder braces for a frozen shoulder are a good idea. They also work to control your range of motion. Shoulder braces for a frozen shoulder help to protect you from further injury. There are some shoulder braces for a frozen shoulder which can provide extra support to the soft tissue of the shoulder. Other braces provide a massage effect for the soft tissues.

Three of the top braces you can find are: the McDavid Universal Shoulder Support, the Bauerfeind OmoTrain Brace, and the DonJoy Stabilizer Brace. Each of these braces provide a different level of support. These braces are rated level II, level III, and level IV respectively. The McDavid ($55.24) offers more support than a basic brace. The Bauderfeind ($139.95) offers advanced support. The DonJoy ($232.95) offers maximum support. Of these three braces, the McDavid brace has the best customer reviews. It is also the most affordable of the these three braces.

These prices have been referenced from Braceshop.com.

Source by J. Pal