Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder also commonly referred to as Adhesive Capsulitis, is an inflammatory condition where the shoulder capusle and surrounding tissues thicken, resulting in pain initially .

1. A Physical examination by a Physiotherapist is usually enough to diagnose a frozen shoulder, but your doctor may also order imaging tests such as X rays. ultrasound or MRI to rule out other problems like arthritis or a torn rotator cuff.

  • It is key to understand the diagnosis and what you should expect with the condition.
  • Frozen shoulder is usually self-limiting, but it can take months to years to resolve.
  • Advise on activity modification and pain control is key.
  • When the shoulder is painful, continue to use the arm to maintain movement and ease spasm.
  • Exercises and a course of physiotherapy can be helpful.
  • Avoid movements which worsen the pain. This may require time off work or away from leisure activities.
  • Injection therapy may be helpful.
  • Sometimes your therapist may recommend a referral to secondary care.
  • Book an assessment ! Do not ignore the symptoms, earlier access to a healthcare professional will lead to an accurate diagnosis and correct management if you have a Frozen Shoulder.

    Try some heat to the shoulder and/or over the counter pain killers.

    Keep active, move the arm within comfort.

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