Shoulder Adhesive Capsulitis/Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, is a painful shoulder joint condition that typically occurs after a trauma or repetitive injury to the shoulder. There is a cycle of inflammation and scarring that causes the capsule around the shoulder joint to contract and become limited in its flexibility.  During the first phase (inflammatory/freezing stage), acute pain is felt in the shoulder and range of motion can become very limited.  During the second phase (frozen stage), shoulder pain decreases but the joint remains stiff.  Finally, in the third phase (thawing stage), movement gets easier and range of motion may return to normal with the help of physiotherapy.  Depending on the severity of the condition, this entire 3 stage process may take 1.5 – 2 years to resolve.

How our physiotherapists can help

Physiotherapy can make a significant difference in shortening the time it takes to recover from a frozen shoulder. By coming to therapy as early as possible, the “inflammatory/freezing” phase can be reduced, limiting scarring and contraction of the shoulder capsule. During the “frozen” phase, specific exercises will be provided to maintain as much range of motion as possible.  In the final “thawing” phase, we will work with you to improve range of motion in your shoulder and restore strength.  Book an appointment today to find out how we can help you relieve your frozen shoulder pain!