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Frozen shoulder part 2 - Assessment & diagnosis with Jo Gibson

Frozen and stiff shoulder assessment & treatment online course with Jo Gibson

Improve your assessment and treatment of frozen and stiff shoulders now with Jo Gibson’s online course at

Frozen shoulder part 1

In Frozen shoulder part 1 you'll discover the causes of frozen shoulder, common myths and how to explain frozen shoulder to your patients. CLICK HERE to watch part 1 now.

In video 1, available now with registration on the Frozen & Stiff shoulder assessment and treatment online course you’ll discover:

  • Reasons why frozen shoulder is difficult to diagnose accurately in the early stages, and how you can more easily identify it.
  • Why this frozen shoulder myth is so commonly believed by therapists, even though it slams the brakes on patient recovery.
  • How to confidently explain frozen shoulder to your patients.
  • Why patients with obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes or thyroid issues are more likely to develop frozen shoulder.
  • How to identify psychosocial, medical & other factors that are contributing to your frozen shoulder patients pain and ROM restrictions.
  • Whether patients recover fully without treatment, or if they’ll have a much better outcome with your treatment.
  • How long it’s likely to take your patient to recover from frozen shoulder Hint: It’s probably different to what you think!

Frozen shoulder part 2

In Frozen shoulder part 2 you'll discover how to accurately assess & diagnose frozen shoulder, even in the early stages. CLICK HERE to watch part 2 now.

How can you assess patients to diagnose an early stage frozen shoulder? Your patient may have horrible pain, but still have decent ROM with minimal stiffness, making diagnosis difficult.

In part 2 in this three-part video series, you’ll explore how to make an early diagnosis, so you can help your patient understand their pain & recovery, and choose effective treatment that helps settle their pain. You’ll discover:

  • Why frozen shoulder is commonly missed & misdiagnosed.
  • Questions you need to ask to diagnose frozen shoulder.
  • How your patients' age will guide your diagnosis.
  • Common areas of pain with frozen shoulder.
  • How aggravating and easing movements and activities help you differentiate frozen shoulder from rotator cuff related shoulder pain.
  • Whether stiffness or loss of ROM is required for frozen shoulder diagnosis.
  • How to confidently assess & diagnose patients in the early stages of frozen shoulder.
  • Whether shoulder and coracohumeral ligament palpation helps your diagnosis.
  • How to differentiate frozen shoulder and true joint stiffness from reduced ROM due to fear avoidance.
  • Whether imaging helps your diagnosis, and if all your frozen shoulder patients should have X-ray or other imaging.
  • Red flags you need to identify, that may refer pain to the shoulder and mimic frozen shoulder.

Frozen shoulder part 3

How can you treat patients in the early stage of frozen shoulder, when pain can make it hard for patients to sleep, and severely limits their movement and day to day activities? Can you use early strengthening, stretches or injections to improve pain and recovery, or will it make things worse for your patients?

In video 3 you'll explore the most effective, evidence-based treatments for early stage frozen shoulder in video 3 with Jo Gibson (Clinical Physiotherapy Specialist), and discover:

  • How to help improve patients' pain and sleep quality.
  • Why doctors avoid referring frozen shoulder patients for Physiotherapy/Physical therapy, and how to work with your local medical practitioners for the best results.
  • Whether “supervised neglect” is an effective treatment.
  • How levels of pain, irritability and stiffness help you choose the most appropriate treatment.
  • How to avoid exercises that increase patients' pain, and choose exercises that reduce pain instead.
  • How to provide effective, evidence-based treatment for early frozen shoulders, and what strengthening, stretching and education to include in your treatment program.
  • Whether exercises should be painful, cause a small amount of pain, or be completely pain free.
  • How to build strength, restore movement and return patients to activity when they won’t move their arm away from their side because of pain.
  • Whether intra-articular injection or hydrodilatation are effective, and when they should be used.
  • How to address psychosocial and metabolic factors that are contributing to patients' pain.
  • Expectations and realistic recovery timeframes for your frozen shoulder patients.
  • New & emerging treatments for frozen shoulder.

Register for the Frozen & stiff shoulder assessment and treatment online course with Jo Gibson now to design effective treatment programs for early stage frozen shoulder patients and improve your treatment results.