MUA/Capsular Release

Manipulation under anaesthetic (MUA) / Arthroscopic Capsular Release




  • Usually performed under combined general anaesthetic & Interscalene Block
  • Full ROM is usually achieved operatively unless otherwise stated. The aim of rehab is to retain that motion. Therefore early and active rehab is started as soon as possible post-operatively. 
  Post op
Day 1

Day Case

  • Passive & active ROM is begun
  • Ensure the joint is taken through all planes of movement
  • Book out patient physio appointment within 5 days or into the shoulder class
Out patient

Levels 1-3 Exercises

  • Reduce pain to enable ROM to be achieved
  • Restore full ROM as quickly as possible through passive & active assisted exercise, maintain & improve this range
  • Ensure normal movement pattern with ROM 
  • Improve shoulder strength through a graduated strengthening programme
  • Continue physio until the patients' full potential has been reached




6 Weeks

ROM greater than the pre-op range


6 Months

Full ROM achieved

See Post-Operative Exercises

See Post-Operative Exercises


Related Links:


- News & Research on Frozen Shoulder
- Patient Information
- Shoulder Classes

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