What Is Frozen Shoulder?
The medical term for frozen shoulder is adhesive capulitis. It is a condition where the tissues around the shoulder joint tighten.
What Are The Symptoms?
There is a gradual onset of pain around the shoulder, which gets progressively worse. It may prevent the sufferer from being able to sleep on the affected shoulder.
There is also restricted movement or stiffness at the shoulder that may become severe enough to interfere with daily activities of living such as washing and dressing.
How Does It Occur?
- The exact reason for the disease is unknown and many cases occur spontaneously.
- It may occur following an injury to the shoulder.
- Patients who have diabetes or dupuyten’s disease are more susceptible to the disease.
What Is The Treatment For Frozen Shoulder?
If left untreated the condition may resolve eventually after a period of about two years. This is not a guarantee of return to pain free normal movement.
The treatment options include:
- Physiotherapy to reduce pain and stiffness
- Injections in the shoulder joint
- Manipulation under anaesthesia. In the situation regional anaesthesia is used to prevent pain whilst the arm is moved to the limits of the normal range of motion. By doing this, the capsule around the shoulder joint is torn thereby allowing the shoulder to move more freely.
- Surgical release. This may be done either as a keyhole or arthroscopic procedure where the tightened tissues are cut, again allowing the shoulder to move more freely.
To ask a question about frozen shoulder or to book an appointment, contact our specialist team available Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm. Our shoulder team have a dedicated and caring approach and will seek to find you the earliest appointment possible with the correct specialist for your needs.
If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP. You can simply refer yourself and book an appointment. If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer for authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.
If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.