Frozen shoulder is a condition characterized by significant stiffness and pain in the shoulder that limits shoulder function. This condition usually worsens slowly and then begins to improve over the course of one to three years.
Frozen shoulder is more common in females over 40, people that have had a shoulder injury or have not moved the shoulder for a long time. Diabetes, cardiovascular disease are risks factors for developing frozen shoulder.
Frozen Shoulder is diagnosed after thorough history and physical exam with your orthopedic provider. X-rays will also be taken to look for any bony abnormalities. MRI of the shoulder can identify the extent of any tendon, ligament or other soft tissue injury.
Surgical treatment options for Frozen Shoulder include Shoulder arthroscopy where a camera is inserted into the shoulder joint to remove any scar tissue around the shoulder, and remove any bone spurs that may be pinching the shoulder tendons. Once the scar tissue is removed, the shoulder is usually manipulated to improve shoulder motion.
Surgery for frozen shoulder is generally successful at reducing pain and improving function of the Shoulder. Physical therapy is an important part of the recovery process. This is usually for 2-3 months after surgery to improve range of motion, and to strengthen and stabilize the muscles around the shoulder.
**Disclaimer: Treatment recommendations may vary depending on your true diagnosis. Always follow the recommendations of your orthopedic provider.