The recovery time very much depends on the patient, the history of the condition and what steps they’ve taken to get to a certain point. The time taken for frozen shoulder to pass through each of the three stages (freezing, frozen and thawing) varies a lot, between three to nine months for each phase. Therefore, some patients may recover in a matter of months, but for others the symptoms can last for several years.
A key factor in the recovery is to reduce the pain in the joint, which in turn allows you to do more exercises. Pain inhibits the effective functioning of muscles and can also give patients a fear of hurting themselves further. Some patients haven’t been able to lift their arm from their side for six months or a year, so there’s going to be a natural element of fear and avoidance. If they know a physiotherapist is standing and watching them, this gives them reassurance they’re not going to do further damage. They’ll then take that home with them and further increase their shoulder mobility.
At Circle Rehabilitation, alongside our personalised treatment programmes, we also run circuit classes with 16 stations featuring different exercises. This helps to stimulate the muscles and builds confidence to throw something or pick up an item from the shelf.
If you’ll be seeing a consultant specialist, it’s likely you’ll have follow-ups with the consultant and a physiotherapist too. The team are here to help progress your mobility so you’re able to return to doing the activities and sports you love to do.