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Frozen Shoulder

What is a Frozen Shoulder?

You may have been told that you have a frozen shoulder. This is a painful condition which results in a severe loss of motion in the shoulder because of scarring and fibrosis of the joint capsule (the deepest layer of covering of the joint). It may follow an injury to the shoulder, but usually it arises spontaneously.

Who is affected by a frozen shoulder?

This condition is most common in the 40 to 60 year olds. Women are affected slightly more often than men and may affect both shoulders but not usually together. Frozen shoulder is also more common in those patients with diabetes.

woman with shoulder pain

What causes a frozen shoulder?

It is not fully understood what cause a frozen shoulder but it is probably due to your genetic makeup, although a recent injury can start the condition and it may also be associated with other shoulder problems such as bursitis or tendon injury.

Your OneWelbeck Orthopaedic consultant will be able to discuss the best course of treatment with you.

Symptoms with a frozen shoulder

It is important to visit your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Shoulder pain or stiffness that does not go away
  • Pain that often wakes you through the night
  • Severe pain on movement – especially on sudden movement

How to treat a frozen shoulder

The treatment for frozen shoulder involves a mix of three types of treatment:

  1. Injection therapy
  2. Physiotherapy to regain movement
  3. Surgery to remove the scar tissue

Contact Us

To speak with a specialist about a frozen shoulder, contact our team today.
We are available from Monday to Friday: 8am – 8pm.

Information For GPs

If you are a GP and would like to refer a patient, ask a question or enquire about our education events, please visit our dedicated GP page, by clicking here.