Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder


Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis is a condition affecting the glenohumeral joint of the shoulder. It typically presents more commonly in women aged 30-50 years of age. It can develop without any specific reason and may also occur following an injury to the shoulder.

Frozen shoulder typically involves 3 distinct phases and can take 6-18 months to resolve. The first phase is known as the freezing phase. The freezing phase involves the individuals shoulder becoming very painful and starting to become limited in its active and passive range of movement. The second phase, known as the frozen phase is characterised by a stiff shoulder that has limited active and passive range of motion. The third phase is known as the thawing phase and is typically characterised by reduce pain and an improvement in range of movement.


Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Pain in the shoulder
  • Limited active and passive range of movement


Treatment and management can include:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Over the counter pain medication and prescription medication
  • Manual therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Hydrodilatation injections
  • Manipulation under anaesthetic
  • Exercise prescription and rehabilitation exercises.


How Can An Osteopath At Principle Four Osteopathy Help You?

  • Your Osteopath will take you through a detailed case history and assessment to help identify the cause of your injury and give you a diagnosis.
  • Your Osteopath will provide you with a treatment and management plan that is appropriate for the injury or condition.
  • This also includes listening to your goals as a client and ensuring that the treatment and management plan is discussed with you and focused towards you achieving these goals.
  • In some cases your Osteopath may be required to refer for further assessment and investigation and this may be with one of our Trusted Professional Network of practitioners.
  • Your Osteopath may provide hands on Osteopathy or provide you with an exercise prescription / rehabilitation program.
  • Your Osteopath will provide you with a treatment and management program that educates and shows you how to better manage your condition through stretching, mobility and strengthening where appropriate.

To find out more about these conditions and how you can better treat and manage these conditions, please call 03 9670 9290 or book an appointment online to see one of our osteopaths at Principle Four Osteopathy.


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