Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder causes pain and stiffness in the shoulder, making it very difficult to move.
The shoulder capsule that surrounds the joint thickens and becomes tight. Stiff bands of tissue — called adhesions — also develop.

Frozen Shoulder can develop after a period of immobilization, such as after surgery, a fracture, or other injury. Diabetes and other medical conditions also predispose some patients.

Frozen shoulder generally gets better over time, although it may take up to 3 years.

The treatment is to control pain with medicines and restore motion and strength through physical therapy.

More than 90% of patients improve with this approach

The goal of surgery for frozen shoulder is to stretch and release the stiffened joint capsule, either with manual manipulation under anesthesia or shoulder arthroscopy.

After surgery, physical therapy is necessary to maintain the motion that was achieved with surgery. Recovery times vary from 6 weeks to three months.

Long-term outcomes after surgery are generally good.

For more information, visit our website or call us for an appointment to see one of our orthopaedic specialists. Or better yet, listen to the Sports Doctors on Thursdays at 6 PM and Saturdays at 7 AM on Team 1010 KXPS or team1010.com.

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