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At Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, our orthopedic surgeons are experts in treating frozen shoulder. The Slocum Center has been caring for shoulder conditions for more than four decades. Our shoulder specialists consistently strive to provide you with the best treatment option to safely and effectively treat your frozen shoulder. 

Cause

Frozen shoulder is characterized by pain, stiffness, and loss of motion of the sholder joint. Patients are commonly between the ages of 40 and 60 years, with no clear predisposition based on sex, arm dominance, or occupation. It is common in people with diabetes and can follow minor trauma. The cause of frozen shoulder is not fully understood but does involve thickening and contracture of the ligaments and capsule surrounding the shoulder joint.

Treatment

Rapid mobilization after an injury can help prevent the development of frozen shoulder. The natural history is for frozen shoulder to resolve over a period of up to 2-3 years. Treatment is aimed at pain control and restoring range of motion. Anti-inflammatory medications, stretching, and physical therapy will lead to resolution in 90 percent of cases.

If those methods are not helping, a manipulation under anesthesia may be necessary. This procedure manually ruptures the scar and requires the patient to promptly resume exercises to prevent recurrance.

Injection/arthroscopy may also be done in conjunction with the manipulation.

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