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Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive capsulitis) effects 3-5% of the general population. However this figure increases to 10-20% for people with diabetes. Frozen shoulder is a common and debilitating condition and is often misdiagnosed so it is important that you seek medical advice from preferably a musculo-skeletal specialist. Other conditions can cause the shoulder to stiffen but typically only in certain directional movements.

A frozen shoulder can be:

Primary appears for no apparent reason. There are different theories for the cause of a primary frozen shoulder these include hormonal changes, genetics and an autoimmune response. Secondary stems from an injury to the shoulder or poor posture.

The condition typically goes through 3 distinct phases
  • Freezing Phase
  • Frozen Phase
  • Thawing Phase

“Doesn’t matter what phase you are in as treatment will help speed up the recovery process”

  • Unable to move your shoulder – either on your own or with the help of someone else


Treatments available at Bowden Physio
  • Joint mobilisation
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Shockwave  Therapy