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Frozen shoulder

  • does your shoulder need a little defrosting.


From an article originall published in CityPress January 2012 by the West Country Osteopaths Team





Frozen shoulder affects about 1 in 50 people at some stage and more women than men. Typically it occurs between 40 and 60 years of age. It may be very uncomfortable and make everyday activity painful or impossible. Normal activities such as driving, dressing or brushing your hair may be very difficult.


However, frozen shoulder is often confused with other conditions such as rotator cuff injuries and impingement syndrome. Typically with a frozen shoulder, you will not be able to raise your arm above your shoulder with or without assistance. You then have to compensate by using the neck and back muscles to raise the whole shoulder and arm, which often causes you further pain in these associated areas.


Frozen shoulder most commonly occurs with no apparent cause, although may follow an accident. It is thought to result from an inflammatory response in the rotator cuff muscles and joint capsule, leading to scar tissue formation and thickening of the capsule. This then prevents the joint from moving freely. It typically will last for 2 to 3 years, although this may be significantly reduced with effective treatment


If you believe you may be suffering a frozen shoulder it is important you have a professional assessment and diagnosis to establish the best treatment programme. At West Country Osteopaths, clients attend a shoulder screening and assessment session, which enables them to understand better the likely cause of their pain, and why it has happened. You are then advised on a suitable programme of treatment. Many clients benefit from our Shoulder Active Mobility programme, which helps to mobilise, stretch, strengthen and balance the shoulders for optimal function and health. Occasionally surgery may be required in more severe cases or where bony spurs have developed, for which your osteopath would refer you accordingly.





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