These are symptoms of frozen shoulder.
Broadly, treatment works in 3 main steps:
You may get a mix of these treatments depending on how painful and stiff your shoulder is.
Stronger pain relief is usually only used for a short time because it can cause side effects.
Frozen shoulder can take at least 1.5 to 2 years to get better. Sometimes it can be up to 5 years.
But the pain and stiffness will usually go away eventually.
follow the exercises from your GP or physiotherapist
keep an upright posture and your shoulders gently back
move your shoulder – keeping it still will make the pain worse
try heat or cold packs on your shoulder
do not make up your own strenuous exercises – for example, gym equipment can make the pain worse
do not slouch when sitting – do not roll your shoulders and bring your neck forward
It's often not clear why people get a frozen shoulder.
Frozen shoulder happens when the tissue around your shoulder joint becomes inflamed.
The tissue then gets tighter and shrinks, which causes pain.
Frozen shoulder can happen because: