Frozen shoulder typically develops in three stages; a freezing stage, a frozen stage, and a thawing stage. Sometimes, it is not noticeable until the thawing stage when the pain is most severe. However, it is recommended to meet with a healthcare professional earlier as they can set up an effective treatment plan.
During a diagnosis, the healthcare professional will begin with a review of the patient’s medical history followed by questions about the symptoms they are experiencing. After this, they will perform a hands-on evaluation to test the patient’s range of motion and determine the location of the pain. Finally, the healthcare professional will arrange an MRI or an X-ray to confirm a diagnosis.