Frozen shoulder is estimated to affect 2–5% of the general population, and is most common between the ages 40-60, affecting women more often than men.
This condition usually includes gradual loss of passive and active range of movements at the shoulder joint. It often starts with acute inflammation in the joint capsule that leads to shoulder pain, reduced joint space, contraction, thickening and stiffening of soft tissues. The duration of Frozen Shoulder can range from several months up to two years and usually resolves spontaneously, however, unfortunately 50% of people who were diagnosed with this condition can experience symptoms that include pain and stiffness at an average of seven years post onset.
Frozen shoulder is considered to go through stages with varying degrees of pain and stiffness, and so the treatment plan should be individualised and appropriate to the person and the stage of the condition with proper treatment technique and exercise selection. The diagnosis of Frozen Shoulder is often based on clinical assessment in combination with scans such as X-ray and Ultrasound. It is important to see a physio that will conduct a thorough examination, eliminate other conditions that might be involved and understand the stage of the condition to prescribe the most appropriate intervention. If diagnosed early, a physio can also refer to an ultrasound guided corticosteroid injection that can reduce pain and improve functional capacity in the short term. Combining that with hands-on manual therapy, education regarding the condition, and a personalised home exercise plan, the efficiency of the treatment can be enhanced and achieve better results.
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