Frozen Shoulder


Low Level Laser Therapy Provides An Effective Drug-Free, Safe Cure For Frozen Shoulder/Adhesive Capsulitis

Frozen Shoulder Treatment using Low Level Laser Therapy

Frozen Shoulder or adhesive capsulitis, Bursitis of Shoulder, Elbow, Hip (Greater trochanter), Knee. Achilles tendon and Heel have been successfully treated with LLLT achieving permanent cure in the majority of cases we see.

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)  is the application of red and near infrared light over injuries to stimulate cellular repair. LLLT has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect as well as a healing effect on inflamed bursae and surrounding inflamed soft tissues.  LLLT is completely safe and has no effect on normal tissues.

What Is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder also medically know as adhesive capsulitis shows up as severe shoulder pain, loss of shoulder function and eventually stiffness. Such shoulder pain and stiffness is a result of shoulder capsule inflammation (capsulitis) and fibrotic adhesions leading to limited shoulder movement.

Frozen Shoulder is an inflammation or irritation of the shoulder bursa.

A bursa is a thin bag filled with lubricating fluid which reduces rubbing and friction between tissues such as bone, muscle, tendons, and skin.

What Causes Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis

Frozen Shoulder is most often caused by repetitive, minor impact on the area or excessive pressure. It can also occur after a sudden, more serious injury.

Movement of tendons and muscles over the inflamed shoulder bursa aggravates its inflammation, perpetuating the problem.

Age also plays a role. As tendons age they are less able to tolerate stress, are less elastic, and are easier to tear. This can put stress on the bursa causing bursitis. An arthritic joint can similarly irritate a bursal sac.

Overuse or injury to the joint at work or play can also increase a person’s risk of Frozen Shoulder. Examples of high-risk activities include gardening, raking, carpentry, shovelling, painting, scrubbing, tennis, golf, skiing, and throwing. Incorrect posture at work or home can also lead to adhesive capsulitis. Inflammation of, or injury to, related muscles and tendons irritate the bursa impinging on it and restricting its area.

Sometimes the reason is unknown. It can also be associated with some chronic systemic diseases.

Frozen Shoulder is more common in adults, especially in those over 40 years of age.

What Are the Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis?

Frozen Shoulder causes stiffness and pain in the joint of the inflamed Shoulder bursa which may build up gradually or be sudden and severe. Shoulder Pain is aggravated during or after activity and often the Shoulder joint is stiff/frozen the next morning with reduced range of movement.

How is Frozen Shoulder/Adhesive Capsulitis Treated?

Traditionally, treatments for frozen shoulder consist of temporary pain relief using anti-inflammatory medication, rest, and icing the area. While ice numbs the pain it also prevents healthy blood flow which is essential to providing oxygen and nutrients to the area to heal it, and remove waste products and CO2. Ice should therefore not be applied to injuries after the acute phase (the first day).

Corticosteroid (cortisone) injections are also used to assist in the treatment of Frozen Shoulder/adhesive capsulitis. These can be painful and the procedure carries risks such as increase in pain (“steroid flare”), skin discolouration at the injection site, nerve damage, infection, to name a few.

What Parts of the Body Does Bursitis Affect?
  • Shoulder (Frozen Shoulder/adhesive capsulitis)
  • Elbow
  • Hip (Greater trochanter)
  • Knee
  • Achilles tendon


Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is the application of red and near infrared light over injuries to stimulate cellular repair. LLLT has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect as well as a healing effect on inflamed bursae and surrounding inflamed soft tissues.  LLLT is completely safe and has no effect on normal tissues.

Inflammation is the body’s response to injury to attempt to heal it. But often the inflammatory reaction is excessive and this has a paradoxical inhibitory effect on the body’s natural healing mechanisms. This then perpetuates pain and dysfunction in the affected area. By improving circulation and increasing cellular repair functions LLLT provides an environment for your body’s own natural healing processes to be activated and restored. Once normal immune processes are restored, the excessive inflammation is reduced and healing can begin.

LLLT does not exert any physical force on the bursa. Manipulation of the bursa just aggravates it, so you don’t want to actually handle the bursa, but instead decreasing the inflammation enables faster healing.

LLLT stimulates blood flow and lymphatic drainage, improved delivery of O2 and nutrition to the area, oxygen utilisation, removal of oxygen-free radicals and other waste products, and tissue healing. Read more on how Low Level Laser Therapy works.

You will be encouraged to move the affected area within range of movement/pain but not exert stretch or force during the healing phase

The end result is resolution of inflammation and restoration of healthy bursa and local soft tissues. Once tissues are healed, pain is eliminated and normal range of motion and function is restored. Then muscle and tendon strength and flexibility can be addressed with graduated exercises and stretching.

LLLT has no known side effects, is safe and effective. By treating the underlying problem, LLLT results in permanent pain relief and restoration of function, assisting with issues like frozen shoulder, Knee Pain, Hip Pain and bursitis related chronic pain.

To see how Low Level Laser Therapy can help your Frozen Shoulder/adhesive capsulitis contact us for more information or to make an appointment.

Toorak, Victoria, Melbourne

Laser Pain Therapy Australia
Tok H Centre
Level 1, 459 Toorak Road
Toorak, 3142
Ph: (03) 8529 2225
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