Frozen Shoulder

Do you ever struggle to:

  • Put on your seat-belt;
  • Do up your bra;
  • Sleep on your side;
  • Carry your bag or to do shopping;


…because your shoulder is too sore? If you answered yes to any of the above situations you could be suffering from a FROZEN SHOULDER!!!


What is a frozen Shoulder?

A Frozen Shoulder is known as adhesive capsulitis in the medical world and refers to stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint. Pain and symptoms are gradual and often worsen over time. Though the symptoms to frozen shoulders are similar to arthritis, a frozen shoulder only affects the shoulder joint whilst arthritis will affect many joints.

There is a lining in the shoulder joint called the capsule and it is usually very flexible and elastic allowing a vast range of movement. When inflamed the capsule and surrounding ligaments contract diminishing range of movement and causes pain- this is called frozen shoulder.



What are the symptoms of a frozen shoulder?

A frozen shoulder often develops slowly over a couple of months. There are three stages to a frozen shoulder:

  • Initially pain will be felt in the shoulder and this could limit your range of movement;
  • Then the pain may lessen considerably but your range of motion will become very limited. Your shoulder will feel FROZEN and stiff;
  • The pain will thaw and you will regain the movement of your shoulder. It is not uncommon for the pain and stiffness to reoccur.



What causes a frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulders could develop from a variety of causes, including:

  • Overuse of shoulder (gym, manual labour, etc.)
  • Scar tissue
  • Medical or surgical conditions affecting range of movement (Strokes or shoulder surgery)

It is not uncommon for people suffering from Frozen shoulders to have diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease.


How do you treat a frozen shoulder?

It is possible to treat frozen shoulders without surgery. Through careful exercise routines, massage, machines and dry needling it is possible to transgress into the thawing stage quickly and efficiently.