This condition has 3 phases, symptoms differ depending on the phase of the condition;
Painful (Freezing) Phase
Gradual onset of aching shoulder developing widespread pain and sometimes worst at night especially when lying on the affected side. (2-9 months).
Stiffening (Frozen) Phase
Stiffness starts to become a problem as difficulty occurs with normal daily tasks such as dressing, cooking, lifting/carrying, working. The muscle starts to waste due to lack of use/movement. There is no pain difference from first phase can last 4-12 months.
Pain decrease, movement improvement although there is stiffness but this gradually fades too 5-12 months.
Seek medical advice if you think you may have this condition, early action can prevent severe pain, stiffness and long-term discomfort. Try to keep the shoulder moving even if only very small rotations/circular movements. If very painful - movements should be under the guidance of a qualified therapist. This condition is usually managed conservatively, with surgery as a last measure if all other attempts fail.
Arrange a course of physiotherapy or sports therapy, oral steroids and if necessary a direct steroid injection to reduce inflammation.
Nerve block – short term pain relief option, may prove effective. Last course of action is surgery.