Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder is an extremely painful condition that manifests as pain and restriction of movement in a shoulder joint. There can be no apparent cause for the pain, and symptoms tend to appear and worsen gradually over a period of time. The condition is also referred to as 'adhesive capsulitis.'

Initially, the symptoms can just be pain on movement of the affected shoulder, which can be intermittent. The symptoms can then worsen to include restriction of movement in the shoulder, pain expanding down the arm becoming more constant, and difficulty sleeping at night. At this point the symptoms reach a plateau, and after time can resolve. However, without treatment that process can last 1-3 years. The sooner you seek treatment, often the quicker you will get better. 


Risk factors for frozen shoulder are

  • Diabetes

  • Open heart surgery

  • Thyroid problems

  • Lung disease

  • Breast cancer 

Frozen shoulder may be confused initially with other shoulder problems such as calcific tendinitis or rotator cuff impingement. As such, it is highly recommended you seek help from a suitable professional, such as a physiotherapist, to determine the correct course of treatment.

Treatments here at Delta for frozen shoulder include injection therapy, joint mobilisations, soft tissue therapies, advice/education, & structured exercise programmes. In some cases of frozen shoulder, it is necessary to refer the patient to see a consultant shoulder surgeon for a quicker resolution of symptoms depending on how they present at clinic. 

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*The information on this page is not a substitute for medical advice and we advise people to seek help for any complaint from one of our physiotherapists or other suitably qualified clinician.

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