Orthopedic Treatment For Frozen Shoulder

by Administrator 21. May 2015 11:08

Frozen Shoulder is a painful condition in which the shoulder capsule becomes inflamed and stiff, restricting the movement of the joint. Also known as Adhesive Capsulitis, the condition is characterized by formation of scar tissue in the shoulder capsule, making it impenetrable and leaving less room for movement. It occurs when the sleeve surrounding the joint swells and thickens. The symptoms of Frozen Shoulder may appear and resolve gradually over a time period of 1 to 3 years.


  • Diabetes: People suffering from Diabetes are more likely to develop Frozen Shoulder.
  • Other Medical Conditions: Other medical conditions such as a heart problems or Parkinson’s disease can also make you susceptible to Frozen Shoulder.
  • Previous Injury: The medical condition may also develop if the arm is left immobilized for a long period of time after a fracture, surgery or injury.


Stiffness and pain are the two main symptoms of Frozen Shoulder. People who suffer from this condition tend to experience difficulty in moving the arm and severe pain while carrying out normal shoulder movements. Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder normally develop appear in stages.

  • Freezing: This is the stage when the symptoms start emerging. The pain grows from mild to severe and the patient begins to face difficulty in carrying out daily tasks that involve shoulder movements. This stage can last for 2 to 9 months.
  • Frozen: In this, the stiffness in the shoulder may severely increase. However, the pain generally decreases. This stage lasts for 4 to 12 months.
  • Thawing: The stiffness significantly decreases and the patient may regain some movement in the arm while the pain begins to fade. Although, the pain may occasionally come back as the stiffness decreases. This stage can last for 12 to 24 months.


  • Heat Or Ice Packs: Applying heat pads, ice packs or using both alternately can help to ease stiffness and pain.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Medicines: The shoulder surgeon may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to provide relief from pain.
  • Physical Therapy: Once the pain has subsides, physical therapy may be recommended to restore the normal range of motion of the shoulder joint.
  • Surgery: This is usually recommended if the symptoms do not subside with non-surgical treatment.

For comprehensive treatment of Frozen Shoulder, consult Dr. Fagelman in Carrollton, TX. To schedule an appointment with the shoulder specialist, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334

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