Frozen Shoulder, shoulder or elbow pain, or tennis elbow arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck, but not isolated occurrences

The cause of adhesive Capsulitis is largely unknown. This condition often comes on gradually without any known reason. Females between 40-60 years have a predominance in the non-dominant arm. Adhesive Capsulitis has also been found to be associated with certain conditions, including: Diabetes, Thyroid complaints, Cervical Spondylitis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Characteristically, there are three stages for Adhesive Capsulitis:

1. Freezing phase

  • Slowly increasing pain
  • Loss of Range of Motion
  • Duration 10-36 weeks

2. Frozen

  • Pain is only apparent but only at the extremes of movement
  • Pain begins to reduce but the shoulder stiffness remains
  • Occurs between 4 – 12 months

3. Thawing

  • Gradual return of shoulder movement
  • Pain considerably reduced
  • Occurs after 12-42 months

Shoulder x-ray

If needed, with our digital x-ray facility, we may assess for:

  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Sprains/Strains
  • Dislocations
  • Fracture
  • Other

Treatment Options

Depending on the pain generator and cause of complaint, several treatment options available:

  • Active Release Technique
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • Mobilisation
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • PNF / PIR

There is evidence to support this approach to patient care: