Frozen shoulder is a common cause of shoulder pain in people between 40-60 years of age, with women being affected more than men.
Common signs and symptoms:
- Shoulder pain comes on slowly and leads to a gradual loss in shoulder movement, called the freezing phase.
- The frozen phase can last up to a year, with restricted shoulder range of motion
- The last phase is the thawing phase, where there is a gradual increase in range of motion.
Physiotherapy for frozen shoulders aim is to gently stretch the shoulder joint capsule, using passive mobilisations and giving the client home exercise to try and maintain a functional range of motion.