25 Jul Frozen Shoulder
Frozen shoulder is what we call technically, adhesive capsulitis. Basically, it is a condition that is actually quite common.
What causes a Frozen Shoulder?
We don’t always know exactly what causes it. People just basically start getting a gradual loss of range of motion in their shoulder, and a gradual increase in pain in their shoulder.
How can I tell if I have a Frozen Shoulder?
Barely noticeable at first. But over time it’s gradually getting worse and worse, they’re starting to lose motion, they’re starting to get more painful and start having trouble doing their activities of daily living because their shoulder won’t go where it needs to go. A lot of times night pain is a frequent complaint, like not being able to sleep because of it.
How does it happen and who’s at risk?
We know it is more common, a lot more common in people with diabetes, but other people without diabetes can get it too. It can happen after some injuries, but sometimes oftentimes it happens just by itself, just out of the blue. And when it does happen, it can sometimes be relatively mild or it can be quite severe as far as how much stiffness there is, how much loss of motion there is.
What are the treatment options?
Initially, we treat that again with physical therapy, which is aimed at trying to restore motion in the shoulder. In situations where we’ve been trying that and it hasn’t really helped. And the patient isn’t progressing, they’re having a lot of pain and stiffness then surgery can be helpful for that to go in through a scope, an arthroscopic surgery with little tiny incisions, where we can go inside and release the scar tissue in the shoulder, free up that motion and get it back in there.