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Frozen shoulder: How to freeze out the symptoms

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a common condition that causes pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. The exact cause of frozen shoulder is unknown, but it is often associated with injury or surgery to the shoulder, age-related changes, or underlying medical conditions such as diabetes.


The symptoms of frozen shoulder typically develop gradually and may include:

  • Pain in the shoulder, especially when moving the arm

  • Stiffness in the shoulder, making it difficult to move the arm

  • Decreased range of motion in the shoulder, making it difficult to perform daily activities

Frozen shoulder is typically diagnosed through a physical examination, imaging tests such as X-rays or MRI, and a review of the patient's medical history.

Treatment for frozen shoulder typically involves a combination of physiotherapy, pain management, and rest. In some cases, surgery may be recommended to relieve pain and restore movement.

Our physiotherapy is an essential component of the treatment for frozen shoulder. Our physiotherapists can help to:

  • Reduce pain and inflammation through the use of heat and cold therapy

  • Improve range of motion through gentle stretching and exercises

  • Strengthen the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint to improve stability

  • Teach the patient proper posture and body mechanics to reduce the risk of reinjury

One of the key goals of physiotherapy for frozen shoulder is to restore normal range of motion to the joint. This is typically accomplished through a series of gentle exercises and stretches that gradually increase in intensity. Our physiotherapists may also use manual therapy techniques, such as massage and joint mobilisation, to help improve mobility and reduce pain.

As the patient's range of motion improves, our physiotherapists will focus on strengthening the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint. This is important to help maintain stability and reduce the risk of reinjury. Our physiotherapists may also teach the patient exercises to perform at home to continue the progress made during therapy sessions.

In addition to physiotherapy, pain management is also important for the treatment of frozen shoulder. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen, and prescription pain medication may be recommended to help control pain. In some cases, cortisone injections may be recommended to help reduce inflammation and pain.

It is important to note that the treatment for frozen shoulder can take several months to complete. However, with the right treatment and support, most people are able to regain normal range of motion and reduce their pain.

Frozen shoulder can be a painful and debilitating condition, but with the right treatment and support, it is possible to regain normal range of motion and reduce pain. Physiotherapy is a crucial component of the treatment for frozen shoulder and can help to reduce pain, improve range of motion, and strengthen the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint. If you are experiencing symptoms of frozen shoulder, it is important to seek medical attention to get an accurate diagnosis and develop an effective treatment plan. Contact us today to meet our experienced physiotherapists and start your journey!

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