Orthopedic Treatment For Frozen Shoulder

by Administrator 21. November 2014 06:18

Frozen shoulder, also known as ‘Adhesive Capsulitis’, is a common orthopedic condition characterized by pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. It may be a result of overuse, sprain, injury or other medical conditions such as diabetes. The shoulder joint is made up of many bones, tendons and ligaments that are enclosed in a shell of connective tissues. Thickening and tightening of this shell results in restricting the shoulder’s normal range of motion, thus, causing it to freeze. The pain gradually increases with time and an orthopedic surgeon should be consulted for proper treatment.


The condition usually develops when an individual ceases using the joint normally due to injury, pain or a chronic medical condition. Other causes may include:

  • Cervical Disc Disease
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Shoulder injury
  • Open heart surgery
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Thyroid gland problems
  • Lung disease


Symptoms of frozen shoulder usually appear gradually in three different stages which are:

  • Painful stage: During this, the individual may experience pain while moving the shoulder. The range of motion of the joint also gets limited. Shoulder pain may worsen during night time, causing difficulty in sleeping properly.
  • Adhesive/ frozen stage: Pain begins to moderate at this stage. The shoulder may become stiffer and the range of motion decreases considerably.
  • Thawing stage: In this stage, the shoulder begins to restore its normal range of motion.


  • Medications: The orthopedic doctor may prescribe certain over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain and discomfort associated with the condition.
  • Heat or Ice Compression: This can also help to ease the stiffness in muscles and reduce pain.
  • Exercise: Gentle and frequent exercises, as prescribed by the doctor, can also help to reinstate joint mobility.
  • Steroid injections: It may also help in reducing pain and increasing the shoulder’s range of motion.
  • Shoulder manipulation: In this, the shoulder is gently moved when the patient is under the effect of a mild anesthetic. The procedure helps to loosen the tightened tissues. 
  • Joint distension: This involves introducing sterilized water into the shoulder in order to stretch the tissue and increase the mobility of the joint.
  • Surgery: If the conservative treatment options do not provide relief from the pain, the patient may be suggested to undergo surgery. During the procedure, the orthopedic surgeon removes the adhesions and scar tissue from inside the shoulder joint.

For complete diagnosis and treatment of frozen shoulder in Flower Mound, TX, visit Dr. Kulwicki. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon, call at (972) 899 - 4679.

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