What is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder or 'Adhesive Capsulitis' is a painful condition affecting the shoulder causing pain and stiffness.

Frozen Shoulder effects 1 in 20 adults, most commonly occurs in people aged between 40 and 60 and is more common in ladies and people with diabetes.

In about 1 in 5 cases the condition also develops in the other shoulder at some stage.

Adhesive capsulitis has 3 phases:
1. Freezing: acute shoulder pain, a stiff shoulder and limitation of shoulder movement
2:Frozen: shoulder pain starts to ease but the stiff shoulder remains very restricted as the shoulder capsule has become sticky and adhesions have been formed preventing movement.
3:Defrosting: Your stiff shoulder becomes less restricted and painful and eventually recovers to normal or near normal.

Without treatment for Frozen Shoulder this whole process can take up to 2-3 years but with osteopathy this time is hugely reduced and if caught early enough can prevent your shoulder pain and stiffness from progressing to the 'Frozen' stage.

Click here for more information on The Village Osteopaths' treatment of Frozen Shoulder.