Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder is a very common condition that involves pain and restricted movement. 1 in 20 adults in the UK will experience frozen shoulder at some point in their life. Frozen shoulder is also known as Adhesive Capsulitis. The pain and reduced movement are the result of a contracture and thickening in the connective tissue surrounding the shoulder joint. Frozen shoulder can be related to other conditions such as Diabetes, or Heart disease, but often there is no obvious reason why someone gets it.

If you have a true frozen shoulder the most important thing to understand is that it is a temporary condition. You will not be like this for the rest of your life. The amount of time it will last for varies from person to person, and depends on the type of treatment you pursue. There is no magic cure, but the right treatment can be the difference between a speedy recovery or two years of pain and restriction and possible surgical intervention.

How Bridgeham can help

At Bridgeham Clinic we are in a perfect position to help you with your frozen shoulder. The initial stage will be to correctly diagnose the problem and record your presenting ranges of movement. We’ll find out what you can and cannot do. One of our osteopaths will work with you to gently mobilise the joint and relax the surrounding tissues. They may use ultrasound or acupuncture to assist in this process.

At the end of the session we will re-assess and record the changes. You’ll be given an individual home exercise program and be advised how to manage it until the next visit.


We would normally expect an immediate increase in the range of movement. We can record this on video and show you the changes in real time and slow motion. With two sessions, usually over two weeks, we would expect a noticeable change in their range of movement. Because pain is experienced at the end of available range, the pain tends to be slower to ease but will be noticeably reduced after around four weeks. Internal rotation of the shoulder i.e. reaching behind your back to scratch an itch, always tends to be the last range of motion to improve.

We would expect almost full range to return within around 6-8 weeks and if we’re not seeing significant change we will then liaise with a local shoulder consultant via your GP for a referral.

We can also use the Pilates rehab studio to help strengthen and mobilise the joints as appropriate and you may well join a group class as you regain the ability to weight bear on hands and knees.


I have been treated by Trevor and Kamilla and have only good things to report about them both. They are extremely professional, but relaxed and personable – Trevor, in particular, is brilliant at keeping me smiling through the pain! I have been suffering from a frozen shoulder, but immediately started to see improvements after the first treatment. I really couldn’t speak more highly of these two and the rest of the staff at Bridgeham.

Mr R