Ask the doctor
I’ve been told that I have a frozen shoulder. My doctor has given me some anti-inflammatory pills, but things seem to be getting worse. I can’t dress myself and I’m struggling to change gear in my car. Is there anything else I can do? Catherine, Nuneaton
Yes. Frozen shoulders are very common and usually take 18 months to two years to get better. Make another appointment with your GP, who may be able to inject the joint with steroid to reduce the pain. He’ll probably also suggest physiotherapy to improve mobility. This is likely to include stretching exercises, massage and hot and cold compresses. It’s important to follow the exercise schedule and keep your shoulder moving as keeping it still will make the problem worse.