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Is your frozen shoulder actually frozen at all?


One of the most common shoulder problems we see at Shield Clinic is ‘Frozen Shoulder’. But get this – most of the time it probably doesnt have anything to do with the shoulder at all.

Let me explain why.


Most people who first have frozen shoulder symptoms will present with:


  • Pain in the shoulder
  • Lack of movement
  • Cant apply pressure to it


The vast majority of diagnosis of this comes from our family doctors who fail to take a proper examination and history. They will look at the symptoms and assume a pain in the shoulder is a shoulder problem….the problem with that is, without a proper set of tests, it’s a stab in the dark diagnosis.


I get why too. Our NHS is bombarded everyday, and for a shoulder problem that isn’t life threatening, comparable to cancers of course, then it isn’t that important.


So you would be sent away, with a bag of tablets and told you’ll be sent for physio in the meantime. Again, the physio will be going from the doctors initial thoughts and giving out shoulder exercises, but since it probably isn’t a shoulder problem it may not work.

Our experience shows us that a number of misdiagnosed frozen shoulders actually turn out to be a condition known as cervical radiculopathy….or to most of a pinched nerve in the neck. The nerve goes from the neck, through the shoulder in to the arm and spreads down to the hand. Often my patients will tell me they also have had carpal tunnel, but it is all down to that pinched nerve in the neck.


The reason we get great results with frozen shoulder is that we give a proper assessment, take a thorough history and work on the cause rather than just prod and push the bit that hurt. If you have exhausted all other options, then this will be a natural step for you.


When I first came to this Clinic l was in so much pain l couldn't straight on my back, was on a cocktail of pain killers, l thought this was what my life was going to be like. l saw John who said he could help me and weeks down the road l am able to stand up straight walk without any pain and the plus side l have managed to reduce my painkillers by more than half, and l am so happy. John is a really lovely man, he is very honest with you, l couldn't recommend him enough. The staff are all very nice and helpful.

Ann WatsonRet.

I first went to shield clinic with a frozen shoulder and lower back pain. The frozen shoulder stopped me swimming, doing yoga and also normal activities like decorating. At 53 I had started to accept that nothing could be done, but after 2 visits to John my shoulder freed up and after 12 sessions my shoulder was back to normal with total movement and no pain, and my lower back pain was gone. I now visit once a month or so but I’ve got my old life back. I can’t thank John enough!

Clare Stephensonproperty developer

Visited the clinic for over 5 years. Great staff and great range of treatments allowing me to live my life pain free.

Marc DadyProperty developer

What we treat


If you have any of the problems we can deal with then we want to help you. If you fill out the form one of our lovely ladies will get in contact with you to schedule your initial assessment where we will give you;

✔️ Full Spinal SEMg Scan

✔️ Full set of physical tests

✔️Neurological tests

✔️Bespoke report given in layman terms (not the medical mumbo jumbo)

✔️ First Treatment if appropriate

When you do get the call my team will be on hand to answer any questions you have and take care you from the off. We all look forward to seeing you here at Shield Clinic.

John Ryle. BSc Hons, MSST.

** Disclaimer: We have made every effort to be truthful and accurately represent what we do at Shield Clinic. However, there is no guarantee of results. Your level of improvement is based on several factors,some of which are controlled by us and others are controlled by you. Results will obviously vary between patients. We don’t currently employ any chiropractors or osteopaths.