How is Frozen Shoulder Treated?
Treatment for frozen shoulder usually starts with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to the affected area, followed by physiotherapy. Medicines (including corticosteroid injections) may also be used to reduce pain and swelling.
If treatment is not helping, surgery is sometimes done to loosen some of the tight tissues around the shoulder. Two surgeries are often done. In one surgery, called manipulation under anaesthesia, you are put to sleep and then your arm is moved into positions that stretch the tight tissue. The other surgery uses an arthroscope to cut through tight tissues and scar tissue. These surgeries can both be done at the same time.
How is frozen shoulder diagnosed?
Your doctor may suspect frozen shoulder if a physical exam reveals limited shoulder movement. An X-ray may be done to see whether symptoms are from another condition such as arthritis or a broken bone.
What causes frozen shoulder?
Frozen shoulder can develop when you stop using the joint normally because of pain or injury. Any shoulder problem can lead to frozen shoulder if you do not work to keep full range of motion.
Can frozen shoulder be prevented?
Doing physiotherapy and using your shoulder more may help prevent frozen shoulder after surgery or an injury. Be patient and follow your doctor’s advice. Frozen shoulder nearly always gets better over time.