Frozen Shoulder Treatment Singapore

Are you experiencing severe stiffness and pain in your shoulder?

Maybe you feel that your shoulder movement has become so limited that it can’t move without causing you severe pain?

If so, then you may have frozen shoulder syndrome.

Also known as adhesive capsulitis, it is a disorder that limits movement in the shoulder joint. It commonly affects patients around 50, hence the Chinese phrase “50-year shoulder.”

This is one of the most common types of shoulder pain in Singapore.

Frozen shoulders comprise 16-22% of all shoulder conditions, and 40-50% of these patients have it bilaterally.

Medical doctors often prescribe corticosteroid injections to provide pain relief and treat frozen shoulder.

But what if you’re looking for conservative treatments for frozen shoulder?

Elite Spine Centres has got you covered with our holistic chiropractic care that is tailored to your needs!

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Get Rid of Frozen Shoulder Effectively With the Functional Correction Method (FCM)—No Orthopaedic Surgery, Injections or Drugs Involved!

Developing frozen shoulder can be very debilitating.

The painful loss of shoulder mobility often affects daily life, preventing you from doing the things you enjoy most.

At Elite Spine Centres, we provide a range of conservative treatment services to relieve pain and restore a proper degree of shoulder movement.

Each treatment is personalised and developed according to our holistic approach, the Functional Correction Method (FCM).

Research showed that the outcomes of corticosteroid injections versus a combination of physical therapy, rehabilitation, and stretching exercises to decrease pain and increase movement are similar at 6 months.

In fact, our comprehensive, non-surgical treatments for frozen shoulder have the potential to prevent frozen shoulder from reoccurring!

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Our Signature Functional Correction Method (FCM)

Often, pain is the way your body shows you that something isn’t operating the way that it should be.

Let us bring you relief with our Elite Spine chiropractic treatment strategy.

Our signature Functional Correction Method (FCM) combines the best in modern chiropractic strategies, soft tissue therapy, and rehabilitative exercises to address your concerns thoroughly.

Elite Spine Team

Step 1 – Initial Consultation

At Elite Spine Centres, we firmly believe in creating a low-stress, patient-centric environment.

Our Doctor of Chiropractic will review your symptoms and health history in detail to understand better what may be causing your concerns.

We will work with you to address your symptoms and concerns, ensuring that you understand your condition before proceeding with treatment.

There will be no hard sales or excessively long treatment packages – we want to work with you, not against you!

Step 2 – Spine and Body Examination

First, a few diagnostic tests are done, including:

  • postural assessment
  • shoulder movement, especially abduction, external rotation and internal rotation
  • the functional motion of the arms, neck (cervical) and upper back (scapulothoracic) to determine the presence of any biomechanical issues

Orthopaedic or neurological tests may also be performed if needed at this time. This will allow us to rule out possible underlying causes, injuries or safety concerns and obtain an accurate diagnosis.

Most of our patients will be able to receive treatment on their first session once any potential safety concerns have been ruled out!

Elite Spine Team
Elite Spine Team

Step 3 – Doctor’s Report and Recommendations

The doctor will assess your response to the first session and review any studies which may have been requested (X-ray, MRI, etc.).

Based on the findings, a customized plan of action will be discussed with you to help you reach your treatment goals.

Compared to the typical approach of symptoms management via injections, doctors of chiropractic can deal with your frozen shoulder right at the source.

This is also where you can bring up any questions, concerns or suggestions, and we will do our best to assist you according to your needs.

Step 4 – Holistic Chiropractic Treatment

The treatment is usually progressive depending on the patient’s condition, involving manual adjustments and, if necessary, advanced therapeutic technologies.

In the early stages, it is crucial to control inflammation, reduce pain and maintain movement with low-grade mobilisation. Once the pain subsides, the treatment plan emphasises increasing the capsular laxity, movement and muscle strength.

Your comprehensive non-surgical treatment plan will also involve personalised lifestyle advice and gentle shoulder mobilisation exercises to prevent your condition from recurring and restore proper long-term movement patterns and posture.

This means our patients can achieve more complete recovery in a shorter time than at other centres!

Elite Spine Team
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Enjoy Our New Patient Promo for Only $88 When You Book Online!

We know that seeking chiropractic help for the first time may be overwhelming to many patients.

Hence, we prepared a special introductory package covering almost everything you need for your first two visits to our clinic!

When you book now, you’ll get our:

  • Relieve pain, restore your body’s natural function & avoid surgery with our Signature Functional Correction Method (FCM)
  • Get spot-on analysis and professional advice on what’s causing pain, and how to treat it with our Doctor’s Consult + Examination

Schedule your appointment right now & we’ll EVEN throw in these bonuses for FREE!

  • Break down stubborn muscle knots and old scar tissue with or Doctor Directed Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Calm down & relax with our soothing ATT-300 roller massage bed
  • Get a free Follow Up Consult + Xray/ MRI Review (*T&C applies)

PLUS 1 Additional Bonus Therapy (tailored specifically to you by the doctor after your consult)

*You get ALL of this for just $88

(originally priced @ $248).

Hear What Our Patients Say

Based on 246 reviews
Iv Iv
Iv Iv
My husband has been dealing with lower back pain for years. Did some research online and made an appointment with Elite. This was about 3 years ago, and my husband is still with Dr Michael. :)
Stella Amanda
Stella Amanda
I found out about Elite Spine Centres after struggling with neck and shoulder pain and migraines. I have never tried chiropractic before. I had my own doubts and concerns. But decided to give it a try anyway based on the good review from Google. From the first moment I reached out, the team has always been very helpful and friendly. I came with lots of questions about my condition as well as the chiropractic itself. Dr. Mike understood my concern. He patiently explained every time I have questions, about my progress and also any other symptoms/sensation that I noticed after starting treatment. At the initial process, he gave a gentler adjustment, until I was more accustomed to the experience. He even went the extra mile to provide me with resources to help me exercise/train my shoulder. The comprehensive treatment, stretches and exercises given to me helped my symptoms a lot. They haven't completely gone away as this is a long process. But I haven't taken any painkiller again since then. Overall, great experience. I've even recommended this place to friends are experiencing similar issues. Thank you Dr. Mike and team :)
Ks Chia
Ks Chia
Very professional and caring team. Mum’s spinal issue improved after trying all sorts of therapy elsewhere. Knee problem has always been an issue too and i have seen great improvement.
Since am working in healthcare industry for 30+ years, rarely I will comment on medical treatments & Outcomes due to lot of unknown factors. However, this time I felt compelled to write this review for sharing my personal experiences with Dr Mike and his professionally trained team from Elite Spine Care centre. First, up all I have had a pleasant treatment and impressed with customized therapy and clinical services provided over 16 sessions at timely manner. They never acted like they didn’t have time for me. I received extensive help at any time from Dr Mike and all clinical and admin staffs, which I really appreciated. Since am in Technology side, my job required extensive work on IT systems, cause of that end of the day I used to have severe pain on my right neck, right shoulder and right leg. I got this pain from late 2015 when I attempted to lift a heavy object Since then I had a weaving Scapula on right shoulder & radiating pain on right neck and arm. I had numerous number of consultations with Ortho and spine specialists, MRI and CT studies and Physiotherapy sessions start from 2015. However, pain had increased steeply and even led to muscle loss on my right arm and shoulder joints. I could not bear the pain and decided to search for alternate treatments such as Ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese massage, accupuncture, etc at various places. By God’s, grace one of my friend introduced Dr Mike and intially signed up for 16 sessions at discounted and offordable price I would like to say what a positive experience I had with Dr Mike and his team. They explained everything to me and made every visit more comfortable and worry free. After 4 sessions, I have realised the benefits and now I do not have much pain and recovering from muscle loss and scapula weaving. I have planned to extend the treatment for another 1 year for stabilise the condition. Right now am looking forward to have regular session with Dr Mike and his team. Once again my sincere thanks to Dr Mike, his therapists and all Clinical and administrative staffs for the respect and care that you have showed me. You are always very special people in my heart
Muhd Hidayat
Muhd Hidayat
Dr Mike and the Elite Gang have been amazing hosts in my chiropractic journey. Dr Mike often emphasises that chiropractic isn't a one-day miracle cure. Chiropractic is about the re-introduction of movements in which the body has not utilised and maintaining them. In the beginning, I was looking for a treatment that would help elevate the ache between my shoulder blades from physical activities. Dr Mike provided a fluid program which resulted in an improvement on my shoulder mobility and the ache reduced gradually. Eventually, my aim is to be more aware of my body structure and search for methods to improve muscle recovery after intense physical activities. Armed with skilled hands, new technology and a friendly, caring team, Elite Spine has provided me with an amazing care in my recovery and fine-tuning of my body. Thanks ya'lls!!
Xin Yu Chua
Xin Yu Chua
I had severe aching from the lower back down to my feet, it was so bad that I absolutely needed a massage almost everyday. Just a few sessions at Elite Spine made a huge difference and I could now walk/ stand for a long time and run abit without experiencing much soreness. Sleep quality also improved. I also like that there were home stretches recommended to improve condition and body posture. Doctors and staff there were very friendly, I could bring my toddler with me when needed. A tremendous improvement in quality of life, thank you!
Henry Loh
Henry Loh
I am very thankful that my son, Ryan, also client there, recommended me to Elite Spine Centre. I have undergo the treatment for my lumbar stenosis for slightly more than a month & I am able to stand & walk longer with much lesser pain. Dr Mike & Dr Fraser, and the team are very friendly and professional in dealing with the treatment/ providing services. they provide valuable advice and they do NOT do hard selling. The treatment they provided is complete treatment for the whole body spine with different type of treatments that tailor to your issues. Thank you very much.. Henry Loh
I am very thankful that I have came across this Chiropractor Centre that I have undergo the treatment for my stiff neck and shoulder. I been through few chiropractor centres in Singapore and I would said that this centre that you do NOT want to miss. Dr mike and the team is very friendly and professional in dealing with the treatment/ providing services. they provide valuable advice and they do NOT do hard selling. The treatment they provided is complete treatment for the whole body spine with different type of treatments that tailor to your issues..
Edward Ng
Edward Ng
Elite Spine Centre is one of the best & most well-equipped chiropractic centre located in SG. Dr Mike is extremely professional & well versed in his field. Having a vast knowledge & experience, he is able to diagnose the root of the issue & work up a treatment plan aiming towards having a lasting recovery instead of just simply "cracking" a few bones to treat only the symptoms temporarily. The team of awesome ladies at Elite Spine Centre, ever friendly & approachable, is always there to ensure that the patient's treatment runs smoothly throughout the whole process. Most definitely recommend anyone seeking chiropractic treatment to visit Elite Spine Centre. Thank you Dr Mike & the awesome team of ladies at Elite Spine Centre 🤙🏾
Nastassja Conning
Nastassja Conning
Dr Mike and his team are just fantastic in every way. I’ve been to other chiro’s in the past and nothing compares to elite spinal centre! Dr Mike genuinely cares about what the issue is, how you’re feeling and the best way to get you better. Above this, his team are incredibly kind, caring and just make you feel at ease. Could not recommend them enough.

Learn More About Frozen Shoulder

You’ve got to know the basics for our chiropractors to cure your frozen shoulder.

The more you know, the more you can tell us, and the better we can create a treatment strategy to eliminate your condition!

What is frozen shoulder?

The ball-and-socket joint of the shoulder is made up of three bones. These bones are held together by tissue, which forms the shoulder joint capsule.

Usually, the shoulder joint is one of the most mobile joints in our body. However, when the capsule becomes inflamed, even the slightest movement can cause shoulder pain.

Frozen shoulder is a chronic inflammatory condition. As a result of inflammation and scarring of the surrounding shoulder capsule, the ball-and-socket joint in the affected shoulder gradually loses mobility until it becomes “frozen.”

Frozen shoulders severely restrict your range of motion as any movement can cause severe agony, making even ordinary daily tasks like getting dressed or reaching for something challenging,. This pain discourages further movement, and the lack of use worsens your condition.

There are two types of frozen shoulder: primary frozen shoulder and secondary frozen shoulder.


  • Primary (idiopathic) frozen shoulder occurs spontaneously without an apparent preceding event.
  • Secondary (acquired) adhesive capsulitis develops from a known cause, such as traumatic shoulder injuries or a prolonged period of immobilization.

What are the stages of frozen shoulder?

Frozen shoulder usually advances in three distinct stages, with the duration of each phase depending on the therapy treatments implemented.

1. The Freezing Stage/Painful Stage

  • Early inflammation in the shoulder capsule
  • As this stage progresses, your shoulder starts to get stiff with increasing aching pain.
  • This stage lasts for 6 to 9 months.

2. The Frozen Stage

  • Thickened synovium (a connective tissue that lines the inside of the joint capsule) due to increased inflammation
  • This will increase the growth of the adhesion in the capsule, increasing shoulder pain and decreasing range of motion in all directions, making sleeping difficult, and making daily activities harder to carry out.
  • This stage can last for 4 to 12 months.

3. The Thawing Stage

  • As the inflammation decreases, there is reduced pain in your affected shoulder, and the shoulder range of motion begins to improve.
  • Returning to a full range of shoulder movement can take as little as 6 months or as much as 2 years.
  • This stage may not necessarily happen as some patients do not recover at all.

What are the causes of frozen shoulder?

It is still unclear why frozen shoulder occurs. However, there are certain risk factors:

  • Age and sex: Adults older than 40, especially women, are more likely to develop this frozen shoulder.
  • Reduced mobility: People who have had prolonged immobility or reduced shoulder joint movement have higher risks for adhesive capsulitis. This may result from certain conditions, such as stroke or recovery from surgery.
  • Systemic diseases: Diabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidism, and Parkinson’s disease increase the chances of developing frozen shoulder

Other causes include:


  • poor alignment of the ball and socket joint

  • shoulder injury, such as a rotator cuff tear

  • damage to the shoulder muscles and soft tissue

  • injury to nearby spinal segments

  • long term postural issues

  • prolonged muscle guarding or disuse

  • a pattern of repetitive stress on the shoulder, arm or upper back

Experience the relief only Elite Spine Centres can bring today!

If you suspect you may have frozen shoulder syndrome, book a consultation with our well-trained chiropractors today.

The shoulder is a very complex joint and requires careful holistic treatment.

Fixing a frozen shoulder often involves a hybrid or combined approach which addresses the shoulder itself and soft tissues, as well as the mechanics and stability of the neck, upper back, and the scapula (shoulder blade) region.

While you may experience significant improvements from the first session, you must carry out your entire treatment plan to prevent the gradual return of the painful stage.

Elite Spine Centres combines the specific treatment of both the spine and surrounding tissues, so we can more thoroughly address your condition!

Ready to unfreeze your shoulder and live your best life again?

Elite Spine Team