Shoulder manipulation is a treatment for frozen shoulder, that consists of stretching and releasing the shoulder capsule.
Your shoulder joint consists of a ball (humeral head) and socket (humerus). A layer of tissue (cartilage) covers the surfaces of these bones ensuring smooth movement as the joints rub together.
The joint is surrounded by flexible tissue called a capsule. When the capsule becomes inflamed or thickens the range of motion in your shoulder becomes restricted and painful. This is called frozen shoulder.
If conservative treatment for frozen shoulder is not successful your consultant may recommend shoulder manipulation.
What happens during shoulder manipulation?
Shoulder manipulation is usually performed under general anaesthetic. Once you are asleep your surgeon will stretch and release your shoulder capsule giving you greater range of motion. Your surgeon may also give you a local anaesthetic for post-operative pain.
Often shoulder manipulation is done in combination with shoulder arthroscopy.
After shoulder manipulation
Everyone recovers differently from shoulder manipulation. You will be given pain relief medication. Once you recover from the general anaesthetic a physiotherapist will visit you to show you shoulder exercises. It is very important that you maintain your new range of motion.
Most patients go home the day of their manipulation. You will not be able to drive so please arrange for someone to take you home.
Be sure and take any pain relief medication regularly. Ice your shoulder several times each day to ease any swelling. You will need to attend physiotherapy sessions regularly for several weeks following your procedure.
Discuss any return to work with your consultant.
As with any surgical procedure there could be complications including:
- Reaction to anaesthetic
- Nerve damage
- Bone break (rare)
- Reoccurrence of frozen shoulder
67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW
Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH
Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6DX
3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN
4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF
Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN
Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6SY
Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP
78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB
Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN
Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG
25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ
Burrell Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1UD
Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DF
Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5SW
2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB
Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY
Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP
Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 4DB
Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP
Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG
Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DP
Staplegrove Elm, Taunton, TA2 6AN
Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX
Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL
Wood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8LE
Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA
Our prices are all-inclusive. We will equal any comparable price. There are no time limits on your aftercare.
Get in touch
Fill in an enquiry form below or call us
A member of the team will respond to you soon.