Arthroscopic release and manipulation under anaesthetic of frozen shoulder: exercises

Use pain relief to keep the pain at bay before exercise if necessary. Do short, frequent sessions around five to ten minutes, four times a day. It is normal to feel aching, discomfort or stretching sensations when doing these exercises but intense or lasting pain of more than 30 minutes is an indication to reduce the force or frequency of your exercises.

1. Forward flexion of your shoulder

This is best performed lying on your back, on the bed or the floor. This can be repeated with the elbows straight. Repeat five to ten times.
  • Elbow supported on a pillow
  • Thumb up grip on walking stick
  • Use unaffected arm to push involved arm into flexion
  • Do not hitch the shoulder

2. External rotation of the shoulder

This can be performed in a lying, sitting or standing position.

Repeat ten times.

  • Elbow supported on a pillow
  • Thumb up grip on walking stick
  • Elbows bent to 90° and held at side of body
  • Push involved arm outward using the stick 

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3. Further forward flexion of the shoulder in standing  

Repeat each exercise five to ten times.

 

3a. Elevation through flexion

  • Grip walking stick handle with the arm to be exercised
  • Use the opposite arm to push involved arm into elevation moving at 90° to the plane of the body

3b. Forward elevation through scaption

  • Grip walking stick handle with the arm to be exercised
  • Use the opposite arm to push involved arm into elevation
  • The involved arm moves in an oblique plane to the plane of the body                                             

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3c. Elevation through abduction

  • Grip walking stick handle with the arm to be exercised
  • Use the opposite arm to push involved arm into abduction
  • The involved arm moves sideways to the plane of the body.

Remember:  Avoid excessive hitching of the shoulder

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4. Pendulum exercises

These can be performed standing and leaning well forward. Let your arm hang down and swing the arm forwards and backwards or side to side.

This is a useful exercise if your shoulder is painful.

Further information

If you are unsure of who to contact or you have an appointment query, contact Mr Hand’s secretary on 023 8120 5212 between 9am and 4pm. 

If your wound changes in appearance, weeps fluid or pus or looks infected or you feel unwell with a high temperature, contact your GP urgently and ask your GP to inform the shoulder unit.

If you have a query about your exercises or movements, please contact physiotherapy on 023 8120 6459.   

If you have a query about your outpatient appointment please contact 023 8120 6218.