Frozen Shoulder is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. The condition occurs more commonly in people with diabetes and in people who've kept their arm immobilized for a long period of time.
FACTS: Frozen Shoulder
- A frozen shoulder is one that has become stuck and limited in movement.
- Frozen shoulder is often caused by inflammation of the capsule, tissue surrounding the shoulder joint.
- Diagnosing frozen shoulder requires a physical examination and x-rays and sometimes additional tests to rule out other causes of symptoms.
- Physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication are usually prescribed to treat frozen shoulder.
- Surgery is not usually indicated to treat frozen shoulder unless non-operative treatments have failed to improve range of motion and decrease pain.
Occasionally, arthoscropic surgery (a small medical instrucment with an attached camera placed into the shoulder through a small puncture-type incision) is used to directly cut or release the capsular adhesions. Most patients begin physical therapy the same day of the manipulation or the following day.