Adhesive capsulitis - Frozen shoulder

Signs or Symptoms

Inability to raise the arm. It can come on suddently and does not improve.


It is characterized by a decrease lifting the arm and turning it inwards. It is most common in the 40-60 year old’s and more common in women as men. The average duration is 18 months.


Sometimes this follows trauma sometimes not

Standard treatment

Physical therapy to increase the range of motion and increase any loss of strength. Cortisone injections are used. If these fail then surgery may be indicated

AK Approach

This condition is the end result of trauma to the shoulder. It could have started as a single incident or be the end result of many minor traumas. Here, the body has over healed the injury resulting in tissues that normally glide against each other now sticking together. The treatment begins by assessing what muscles, tendons and ligaments have been damaged and returning them to normal functioning. Specific procedures to slowly loosen the muscles, tendons and ligaments so that they can again slide against each other are used. Other lifestyle modifications are used to prevent or minimize exacerbating the condition. A specific program for your needs is created.