Symptoms of frozen shoulder

Treatment options

What we do

What our patients say 



Shoulder joint has a good mobility but the least stability. It is a ball and socket type of joint, where the ball of the arm bone fits in the socket of the shoulder bone. Since the size of the ball is bigger than that of the socket, the joint can move sufficiently in all directions. The ligaments around the shoulder joint provide stability to the joint when at rest. During the movements, all the muscles around the joint work in a coordinated pattern in order to retain the ball within the socket.

Overuse or weakness of some of these muscles will alter the pattern of movement of the joint resulting into pain. Initially, this causes voluntary restriction of movement and later the person is unable to move the arm. This stage is termed frozen shoulder


Symptoms of frozen shoulder

Patients with frozen shoulder may present with any or all of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty putting the hook of the bra
  • Difficulty taking the hand to back pocket of pants
  • Difficulty wearing shirt
  • Disturbed sleep in night due to shoulder pain
  • Morning stiffness of shoulder joint
  • Feel comfort in holding the arm by the side of body
  • Pain radiating up to the elbow
  • In acute cases, a dull undefined pain in the complete hand may be reported
  • As the condition becomes worse, patients find difficulty in taking the hand overhead and combing hair

People with diabetes are more susceptible to develop frozen shoulder


Treatment options

The various treatment options are pain medication and physiotherapy. In extreme cases, intra-articular steroid injections and mobilization of the joint under anaesthesia are given.


More often, conventional physiotherapy is advised during the frozen stage. Though not of much help; it relieves some pain and increase some movement; but not restore the joint mechanics. Also, physiotherapy rarely helps to speed up the recovery of the problem.


Joint manipulations performed by many inexperienced physiotherapists increase the stiffness and delay the recovery. As the patient is mostly under the cover of pain medication, damage to muscles and ligaments due to such manipulations go unnoticed. Much depends on the amount of experience that the individual physical therapist has in treating frozen shoulder. This level of experience and expertise will vary greatly – so don’t be shy to ask your physiotherapist for details of their relevant knowledge and experience in dealing with frozen shoulder.

What we do?

We have devised an innovative technique for treatment of frozen shoulder. The technique termed CRT is effective in relieving pain from the first day of treatment. The patients regain all movements and functional independency without any painful procedures. Simultaneously, acupuncture and kinesio-taping may used to speed up the recovery.



It is always better to treat the shoulder pains at the earliest to avoid making the joint frozen  

Do not suppress the pain with pain medicines. You are likely to get the attack of frozen shoulder again. Then the medicines and injections are also not of much help. Also there are high chances of aggravating the pre-existing neck pain.

What our patients say?

  • I was unable to move my hand on my own and also not sleep…. read mor
  • I met with a car accident in which I injured my right shoulder. I was not able to lift my arm overhead… more
  • My shoulder pain disappeared in 6-days… more

And more…


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