Shoulder, arm and hand pain.

Frozen shoulder, tennis and golfers elbow and Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

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Frozen shoulder.

Frozen shoulder, known as Adhesive Capsulitis, is characterised by marked stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. Most joints in our body are surrounded and enclosed by a bag, known as the Capsule. This capsule is filled with fluid (synovial fluid) that lubricates the joint and reduces friction with in the joint space, making movement easier.

When you get a frozen shoulder, as the name suggests, the bag around the joint (called the capsule) becomes sticky and adheres to another section of the bag, often under the armpit. This is an inflammatory process and is normally extremely painful and over a period of 3-6 months results in a dramatic reduction in arm movement. There are three stages, each lasting between 3-6 months; the painful stage, the restriction stage and recovery stage.

An Osteopath can offer treatment, support and the correct advice for each stage of this process. Treatment can increase the circulation to an area and therefore help with healing which can reduce the length of time you are suffering, as well as giving treatment for the surrounding areas that are being over worked as a result of the frozen shoulder.

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  • Carpel tunnel syndrome (CTS)

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

Is a medical condition that is caused by the compression of the Median nerve as it passes through the carpel tunnel in the wrist. The carpel tunnel is created by the 8 bones in the wrist and the carpel ligament, this boundary creates a confined space through which the Median nerve can pass. The Median nerve supplies the sensation to the thumb, index and middle finger and half of your ring finger. It also provides the  nerve innovation to the muscles of the thumb and muscles in-between the first two digits.

When the nerve is compressed (squashed) within the tunnel you may experience tingling or numbness in the fingers and weakness in the hand. This is often worse at night and eased by shaking the hand.

  • Tennis and Golfers elbow

Tennis and Golfers elbow,

Its not just these sports that cause it – don’t let the name fool you! This is the inflammation of the tendons of the elbow (epicondylitis) due to overuse of the forearm muscles. They are not, however, only caused during these two sports.


These are just a few examples of conditions your Osteopath can diagnose and treat. Please contact us to see if we can help with your problem.

Osteopathy is an holistic health care, treating the person not the condition. For you, the patient, this means your Osteopath will not only address the presenting condition (your tennis elbow or frozen shoulder) but we will look at you as a whole and aiming to assess the causes of your current complaint and how to prevent it in the future.


Treatment will be a combination of soft tissue, joint articulation, cranial therapy, manipulations and advice – Tailored to your individual needs.