Adhesive Capsulitis Treatment in Perth (frozen shoulder treatment in Perth)


Adhesive Capsulitis, better known as Frozen Shoulder is a condition in which there is a significant reduction in shoulder movement due to inflammation of the soft tissue shrinking around one of the shoulder joints. The shoulder girdle is made up of a combination of 3 joints, the glenohumeral, acromioclavicular and scapulothoracic articulations. The glenohumeral joint (the ball and socket joint) is the joint most people are most familiar with when they think of the shoulder and this is the joint which is involved in frozen shoulder. Adhesive Capsulitis can occur following a traumatic event and subsequent immobilisation or it can develop gradually with no identifiable cause.

There are three typical stages of Adhesive Capsulitis:


  • Stage one: Freezing: Predominantly pain is experienced or increases throughout this stage as the shoulder gradually gets stiffer, this can last between 3-6 months.
  • Stage two: €œFrozen: Pain starts to reduce during this stage, but the stiffness stays usually between 4-12 months.
  • Stage three: €œThawing or defrosting€: During the third stage, the stiffness gradually decreases and the range of movement starts to return, lasting between 12 to 24 months.

At Central City Chiropractic in the Perth CBD, our Chiropractor is trained in the examination and treatment of Adhesive Capsulitis/ Frozen shoulder. At your consultation your chiropractor will perform a thorough assessment and develop a comprehensive treatment plan to manage your Adhesive Capsulitis. It is important to work out exactly at which stage of the pathology your shoulder is at, as treatment for each stage is different. Ensuring that the right treatment is administered at the right stage will increase the speed of resolution.

Our chiropractor work as part of a multi-disciplinary team at Central City Health Professionals and may recommend co-management with massage and physiotherapy to provide you with the best outcome.In some cases, an ultrasound or x-ray may be useful to exclude other pathologies that can often pre-dispose a shoulder to become frozen. Occasionally a cortisone injection can help if there is an inflamed bursa or tendon.

If you would like more information on how chiropractic can help with frozen shoulder please don’t hesitate to contact us.1. Manske R and D Prohaska. Diagnosis and management of adhesive capsulitis. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med (2008) 1:180–1892. Bronfort et al. Effectiveness of manual therapies: the UK evidence report. Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010, 18:3