Overview of Frozen Shoulder

By Kevin M. Kaplan, MD

Overview of Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder is the condition of painful shoulder limiting the movements because of pain and inflammation. Another term for this issue is Adhesive Capsulitis. It may progress to the state where an individual may feel very hard to move the shoulder. It is more common in older adults. The age range is usually between 40 and 60 years. It is more common in women than men.

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Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder 

Frozen shoulder is from inflammation of the ligaments holding the shoulder bones to each other. The shoulder capsule becomes thick, tight, and the stiff bands of tissue called adhesions may develop. Individuals with a shoulder injury, shoulder surgeries, a shoulder with restraints for a longer period of time, other disease conditions such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Parkinson’s disease, and cardiac diseases are at risk of developing frozen shoulder.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Frozen shoulder may cause pain and stiffness and limit the movements of the shoulder. The diagnosis of this condition can be by the presenting symptoms and radiological diagnostic procedures such as X-rays or MRI scans. Treatment for frozen shoulder includes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and steroid injections for pain, treatment of underlying risk factors, and shoulder arthroscopy surgery. During surgery, the scar tissue will be removed and tight ligaments, if any, will be dissected. Following surgery, physical therapy will be a suggestion to bring full range of motion and strengthen the muscles.

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