Frozen; having turned into ice as a result of extreme cold.

Frozen; a 2013 Disney movie that has obtained cult status amongst 5 year old girls!

Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis); a condition characterised by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint


Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis is a problem affecting the shoulder joint whereby it stiffens up or freezes.


Who does it affect?

This condition can affect anyone but often occurs in people who have had a past history of shoulder injury or repetitive strain. It is also known to be more common in women over 40 and diabetics. Once one shoulder has been affected by this condition you have a greater risk that the alternate shoulder will also be affected.


What happens to my shoulder?


Frozen shoulder usually happens for no apparent reason Over a period of days or weeks your shoulder appears to stiffen and may also become painful. It is a condition that little is known about and it consists of three very scientifically described phases… Freezing, frozen and thawing! The entire process can last anywhere from six months to two years.


How can my osteopath help?

This process basically has to run its course. Osteopathy can help to support your body during this period. We will address the areas surrounding the shoulder that may begin to compensate such as the neck, upper back and ribcage to prevent the spread of pain, stiffness and dysfunction. We can also gently treat the shoulder as it begins to “thaw” and pain and symptoms reduce. Treatment may reduce the duration of this process. We will also monitor the progress of your condition and refer you for alternative treatment if it’s required.


Are there other treatment options?

At Yarra Osteopathy we always like to be as conservative as possible when managing our patients. In the case of frozen shoulder acupuncture can also help to reduce the pain and speed up recovery. Occasionally pain and dysfunction require more invasive treatment and we can put you in touch with the appropriate practitioners. These options can include cortisone injections and hydrodilitations.


Book online today so we can assess your shoulder and commence treatment.