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Frozen Shoulder Physiotherapy | Move Physiotherapy Fremantle

Have you been diagnosed with a ‘frozen shoulder?’. Perhaps you are experiencing long term pain in the shoulder and are simply worried about your potential diagnosis.

A ‘Frozen Shoulder’, or scientifically named ‘Adhesive Capsulitis’ refers to a painful inflammation and stiffening of the shoulder joint. It is relatively uncommon in the realm of shoulder injuries, but most frequently occurs in females between the ages of 40 and 60 years.

The following guide offers a detailed explanation of a Frozen Shoulder, along with key information you should know when receiving treatment. Due to its long term nature, it is important to receive sound early advice and appropriate exercise prescription to minimise your pain and shoulder dysfunction. 

Move Physiotherapy Fremantle are your experts in treating shoulder pain. We offer 60 minute initial consultations to comprehensively assess your shoulder pain, provide a detailed diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan. You can follow the link here or at the top of the page to book your appointment online today. Same day appointments are often available. 

WHAT IS A FROZEN SHOULDER?

A ‘Frozen Shoulder’ refers to a tightening of the tissues within the shoulder capsule – such as the connective tissue – which results in progressive pain and stiffening of the shoulder joint. The pain is generally experienced around the tip of the shoulder which extends into the upper arm.

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These are long term injuries that generally take between 1 – 3 years to fully resolve, with appropriate physiotherapy and exercise rehabilitation. There are three stages to a frozen shoulder:

Stage 1: Freezing Stage- this is the most painful stage of the Frozen Shoulder, where you gradually lose range of movement. Commonly people will first lose the ability to rotate their arm – such as reaching behind your back, or externally rotating the shoulder joint. Progressively, people will then begin to lose range into shoulder elevation. This stage generally occurs over a period of 6 – 9 months.

Stage 2: Frozen Stage: This stage is generally less painful compared to the Freezing Stage. Your shoulder may continue to lose range of movement during this stage, or simply maintain its stiffness. You will often remain in the Frozen Stage for 6 – 12 months.

Stage 3: Thawing Stage: During this stage you slowly begin to regain your range of motion. It is important to commence your physiotherapy during this stage to ensure that you regain your full shoulder mobility.

 

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