Is Your Shoulder Just Stiff, Or Is It Frozen?

In the beginning, you’ll feel pain at the front or side of the shoulder which can be a sudden or a gradual onset. Depending on the intensity of your pain, it can often cause difficulty in sleeping or wake you up in the middle of the night. Overtime, you start noticing that you are losing freedom of movement in the shoulder. This is when it hits you that the shoulder problem is serious, and you should seek consultation with a healthcare professional.

In this article, we have a chat with Senior Physio, Anson Wong and Dr Ang from Centurion Orthopaedic Centre to discuss all things Frozen Shoulder. You can find Dr Ang at

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Getting back to the fitness routine you love after an injury

Often, we are motivated towards a fitness routine we enjoy, be it the daily ritual at the gym or yoga studio, the weekly scuttle around the tennis court, or even a guilt-driven run around the block.

Time and time again, we struggle with sustaining this consistency due to our enslavement to work, personal commitments, or a new/old injury.

It gets frustrating seeing how far we’ve progressed, only to regress on our fitness goals.

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To CrossFit or not to CrossFit?

That is the question that regularly pops up during our Physiotherapy sessions from clients.

CrossFit (CF) is a workout methodology created by former gymnast Greg Glassman in 2001. It consists of a variety of exercises such as Olympic-like lifts, cardio training and multi-joint movements (like box jumps, pull-ups and jumping rope). This method of training and community has exploded worldwide over the last ten years and definitely in the last 5 in Singapore. This can be reflected by the amounts of CF ‘boxes’ which have propped up in Singapore and a number of people we encounter in the clinic who are now doing CF. Read more

Improving your overhead shoulder control to reduce injuries

Overhead athletes such as tennis players, swimmers, cross fit athletes and volleyball athletes need to put their hands above their heads repeatedly for long period of times. Problems arise when the muscles that control the scapula get fatigued leading to injuries like shoulder instabilities, tendinopathies and impingements.

The predominant muscles that are involved in repetitive overhead motions such as required by a badminton player are the Serratus Anterior, Upper and Lower Trapezius.

A simple and great rehabilitative exercise with a kettlebell can be done to improve control and endurance in the Serratus Anterior and Upper Trapezius muscles.

  1. Start with a 6kgs Kettlebell and increase the weight as much as you need to be able to do three sets of 15-20 reps comfortably.
  2. Hold the kettlebell with a neutral wrist posture (no extension or flexion) with your thumb touching the chest.
  3. Press the kettlebell straight up and turn the arm out fully.
  4. At the top of the movement, actively reach the hand towards the ceiling as far as you can.
  5. Hold for a couple of seconds then slowly lower the weight back to the start position and repeat.

If you have any issues with your shoulder and are not sure what to do to resolve them then, we at In Touch Physiotherapy would be more than happy to look at it.

Happy lifting!