Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) is a common shoulder condition which causes stiffness and pain that builds up slowly over time. It can be debilitating – affecting day-to-day activities, preventing you from doing sport, and affecting your sleep.
If you would like advice on how to treat a frozen shoulder, or you are seeking a referral to an orthopaedic specialist, contact our team of highly experienced medical professionals for an in-depth diagnosis and treatment plan.
The Capital Orthopaedics team of consultant surgeons, radiologists, physiotherapists and nurses is led by Simon Moyes, a renowned orthopaedic consultant surgeon operating in London.
We offer diagnosis and treatment for all musculoskeletal conditions – including shoulder injuries.
The rounded top of your upper arm bone (humerus head) fits into a socket (glenoid) in your shoulder blade, forming the glenohumeral shoulder joint. The joint is encased in a capsule of connective tissue.
This tissue can become thickened and inflamed, making it difficult for the bones and other structures of your shoulder to move freely.
The symptoms develop slowly a long period of time. Typically, the condition occurs in three stages – each one can last months:
During the freezing stage, pain often gets worse at night.
The inflammation and thickening of the capsule can happen without any obvious cause. However, it can be associated with:
If you have long term pain and stiffness in your shoulder, it is important to seek medical advice. Frozen shoulder can usually be diagnosed through a physical examination, but we offer x-rays and MRI or ultrasound scans to rule out any other conditions.
Frozen shoulder can be treated in a number of ways:
We are based at The Cromwell Hospital in Central London, and offer consultations, dedicated diagnostics, physiotherapy and outpatient treatments at The Platinum Medical Centre near Regent’s Park, and The Basinghall Clinic in the City.
Adhesive capsulitis can be diagnosed based on your symptoms and a physical exam. Our orthopaedic specialists will also offer x-rays, MRI or ultrasound scans to rule out any other conditions.
It is very rare for it to recur in the same shoulder, but there is some chance that you will get it in the other shoulder.
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