Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder physio

Frozen Shoulder

Adhesive Capsulitis

What is Frozen Shoulder?

Adhesive capsulitis, better known as frozen shoulder, is a condition of unknown cause.

It affects 2-5% of the population, with certain risk factors, such as a previous shoulder injury or diabetes, increasing the likelihood of developing the condition.

Causes of Frozen Shoulder

The shoulder joint is, by design, incredibly mobile. Surrounding the joint, as with other joints of the body, is a capsule. The role of the capsule is to provide stability, sensory information, and aid in lubrication of the joint. Tightening of this joint capsule is what causes a frozen shoulder.

Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder

There are typically 3 stages with frozen shoulder. Each stage lasting anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months

Stages of frozen shoulder

Management of Frozen Shoulder

Good management of pain, and careful control of compensatory movements can help you to minimise the negative affects of the condition. 

Taking adequate analgesia will help you to function and get a more comfortable nights sleep. This is vital to your health. 

Maintaining strength and range of motion is important throughout this process. This will ensure that once symptoms improve, you will be able to return back to your normal activities without secondary issues.

Exercises to try to help Frozen Shoulder

Exercises for frozen shoulder


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