Signs & Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of a frozen shoulder may include:
- Inability to move the shoulder normally
- Dull or aching pain
- Pain during the night, may affect sleep
- Increased pain with activities involving the shoulder
- Stiffness in shoulder
MedicationsAnti-inflammatory medications may be recommended to manage pain and swelling.
InjectionsCorticosteroid injections to the affected portion of the shoulder can provide short-term pain relief and reduced inflammation in the joint, when medication is ineffective or not an option.
Physical TherapyCertified Physical Therapists work closely with doctors to create an individualized program to maximize healing and restore function, strength and mobility.
SurgeryWhen non-operative treatment fails to produce the desired results, surgery may be considered. Two methods are used to release or stretch the joint capsule: manipulation under anesthesia and arthroscopy. Manipulating under anesthesia allows the doctor to move the arm and thus stretches or tears the capsule. Arthroscopy can be used in conjunction with manipulation under anesthesia to allow the surgeon to insert a small camera and instruments to cut through the tightened areas causing the frozen shoulder.