Frozen Shoulder

16 Mar, 2016

At Healthspace Clinics many patients are referred for physiotherapy for conditions arising in the shoulder. Some conditions begin insidiously (gradually) and others due to a specific movement the patient did during work or exercise. Today I will be discussing Adhesive Capsulitis, otherwise known as Frozen Shoulder.

Frozen Shoulder is a chronic debilitating condition that occurs insidiously, and can haunt the patient for over 12 months if it is not treated correctly.  Generally in this condition there are 3 phases. These phases involve a significant increase in pain and restriction in movement of the shoulder, followed by the general improvement of these symptoms.

These phases include:

·      Freezing

·      Frozen

·      Thrawing

There are many physio research articles that are circling this condition, providing insightful information and knowledge. The one that I find most significant and vital to the treatment of Frozen Shoulder is one that was conducted in 2014. The article investigated patients with and without Frozen Shoulder by looking at MRI images. They found that those who had Frozen Shoulder had specific locations on their shoulder with thickening. The authors believe this thickening is what is contributing to the Frozen Shoulder pain and restricted movement.

The specific locations include:

·      Rotator cuff interval

·      Inferior recess

·      Sub-deltoid bursa

Can physios treat this thickening, non-invasively and without the use of many and extensive physiotherapy treatment sessions? YES we can.4

Our highly experienced physiotherapists at Healthspace clinics in Burwood will not only help to manage your pain and restricted shoulder movement, but also will help to improve the healing time and return to work or sport.

See the physiotherapists at Shop 2, 5 Wilga St. Burwood or call (02) 9745 3700 to learn more or attain treatment for your Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis