Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that results in a loss of both active and passive range of motion.
Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis most commonly affects patients between the ages of 40 to 60. It results in a loss of both active and passive range of motion and can be quite painful. It is more common in women and in patients with diabetes. The most common presenting symptoms are pain and loss of range of motion. It is not usually associated with trauma, although may develop after a period of shoulder immobilization or surgery. Imaging is usually not necessary, but an MRI may show a contracted capsule and loss of the inferior pouch. Conservative treatment usually consists of a cortisone injection and extensive formal physical therapy to regain range of motion. Participation in a rigorous therapy program is crucial in the recovery of frozen shoulder. Patients should notice a significant improvement in pain and function within the first 6-8 weeks of therapy. In rare cases, surgical intervention may be warranted for an arthroscopic capsular release and lysis of adhesions.
Every patient receives an in-depth consultation to devise a treatment plan that is right for their problem. Our specialists prefer non-operative and non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy, medications, and/or injections. When we require surgery, we will then use minimally invasive surgical techniques to fix your problem, whether it is fixing a broken bone or repairing a tendon. Our goal is always to get you back to living your life normally as soon as possible.