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One-Stop Frozen Shoulder Clinic Available Exclusively At The Wilmslow Hospital, 52 Alderley Road

14 April 2015

The specialist team at The Arm Clinic is providing patients with rapid access to the region’s only private One-Stop Frozen Shoulder Clinic at The Wilmslow Hospital, 52 Alderley Road. Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis is a condition that leads to pain and stiffness of the shoulder. Symptoms of frozen shoulder include a dull or aching pain in the affected shoulder, stiffness around the shoulder joint and restricted range of movement in the affected shoulder. It is estimated that one in 20 people in the UK will have the condition at some point in their lifetime.

The symptoms of frozen shoulder tend to gradually worsen over a number of months or years. A sufferer will typically experience shoulder pain for the first two to nine months, which can be severe, followed by increasing stiffness. The earlier frozen shoulder is diagnosed, the more likely it is that treatment can prevent long-term pain and stiffness.

The One-Stop Frozen Shoulder Clinic at The Wilmslow Hospital offers patients with the following enhanced service in one convenient visit:

• A consultation with one of The Arm Clinic’s shoulder specialists to discuss your condition, a full clinical examination and exploration of treatment options

• An appointment with a radiologist who will perform the Hydrodilatation procedure under local anaesthetic which takes approximately 15 minutes and allows you to go home immediately afterwards

The One-Stop Frozen Shoulder Clinic is open to all patients regardless of whether they have private health insurance or not. If you are not covered by private health insurance, treatment is available with a fixed price agreed in advance.

For more information or to book an appointment at The One-Stop Frozen Shoulder Clinic please call 01625 545 071/2/3 or visit

What is Hydrodilatation?

A small amount of contrast material is injected into the joint which allows the procedure to show up on an imaging device. The injected fluid can be seen to expand the joint and sometimes flow out of the joint in a particular direction. The hydrodilatation procedure is thought to disrupt adhesions (scar tissue), thereby opening or freeing up the joint allowing improved range of movement.

What are the results of this procedure?

96% of patients visiting the One-Stop Frozen Shoulder Clinic at The Wilmslow Hospital at 52 Alderley Road are discharged after the six week review appointment.  Longer term studies by The Arm Clinic have shown a significant improvement in patient satisfaction with their shoulder, increasing from 20% to 90%, two years after hydrodilatation.  Shoulder outcome assessments also highlight a significant functional improvement in range of movement and overall quality of life.

The Arm Clinic was awarded the 2014 Customer Service Award in recognition of excellence in the field of customer communication.

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