Frozen Shoulder Treatment

Do I Have Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a medical condition involving stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. It can cause significant distress, making it difficult to dress, work, exercise, perform household chores, affect a person’s social interactions and result in poor mood. Shoulder pain and stiffness typically begins gradually, worsens over time and usually resolves within one to three years.

Do I Need To Do an X-ray, Ultrasound or MRI?

Not all cases of shoulder pain and stiffness are due to frozen shoulder. Other causes include rotator cuff injuries, tendinitis, degenerative arthritis and more serious conditions such as infection, tumors, and fractures. Many cases can usually be diagnosed by an experienced doctor based on a patients clinical history and physical examination. In cases where the initial treatments have not been effective, X-rays are a cost effective way to rule out serious underlying problems. In selected cases, an Ultrasound or MRI might also be appropriate to provide a precise diagnosis.

How Can Frozen Shoulder Pain Be Treated?

For many patients, their doctors will likely prescribe rest and medications for a short period of time. Long term medications are less favored due to potential side effects. Physiotherapy when properly applied is another well accepted option. Using techniques such as manual therapy, medical massage and stretches, it can have a good result in many cases.

Why Are My Treatments Not Working?

When the previous treatments are not successful, we often find a few common factors:

  • The previous diagnosis was not precise. Imaging scans and clinical experience can often be very helpful in these cases.
  • Treatment that was prescribed took into account only one aspect of the condition.
  • Limited available options available. Patients were only offered painkillers and exercise instead of newer medical solutions.
  • Patients were offered impractical treatment plans which they could not accept. Common examples include being offered expensive and frequent treatments for extended periods.

Is Surgery Necessary?

Surgery for frozen shoulder is rare. In some cases, your surgeon may recommend manipulation under anesthesia to loosen the tightened tissue. In a very small minority of cases where nothing else has helped, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove scar tissue and adhesions.

What New Treatment Options Can The Pain Relief Clinic Offer For My Frozen Shoulder?

At The Pain Relief Clinic, we adopt a biomedical targeted approach that addresses how the multiple component causes of pain affect you. This allows us to provide treatment strategy that targets the root cause of your condition using medical technology in a comprehensive and cost-effective way. Depending on your specific condition, some of the useful options that can give very good results include:

  • Dietary Correction
  • Non-Invasive Shockwave which stimulates deep tissue healing very cost effectively
  • Indiba Therapy which gives rapid and long lasting recovery
Frozen Shoulder Pain Non-Invasive Treatment Singapore


If you are suffering from frozen shoulder, or if your condition has not improved despite other treatments, we are able to help.

Simply call us at +65 6732 2397

or leave a message below for Dr Tan to discuss a customized non-invasive solution for you.

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  • How diet and nutrition can be essential for a full recovery
  • How exercises can be helpful and why they sometimes make you worse
  • Simple self treatments that work
  • Common mistakes that could be preventing you from getting better
  • New clinical solutions for difficult medical conditions

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painrelief clinicOur Doctor

Dr. Terence Tan

MBBS(Singapore), GDFM


Pain Association of Singapore,

Singapore Medical Association

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Medical Suites @ Orchard

Singapore 238 868