Management of Frozen Shoulder

Management of Frozen Shoulder


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Management of Frozen Shoulder

Certain individuals are at higher risk of developing frozen shoulder, in compare to general population. These include:

  • Individuals of 40 years of more are at greater risk of developing frozen shoulder, especially women.
  • If anyone is suffering from certain systemic disease such as diabetes, tuberculosis, Parkinson’s disease, hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), cardiovascular diseases etc.
  • If anyone have restricted mobility at shoulder joint due to broken arm, stroke, rotator cuff injury, recovery from surgery near shoulder joint such as mastectomy.

Treatment of frozen shoulder:

Management/treatment of frozen shoulder involve management of pain at shoulder joint and preservation of range of motion at shoulder joint as much as possible.

  • Use of medications for frozen shoulder: Medications to manage pain include, use of OTC (over-the-counter) pain medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin etc. as these medications can help reduce inflammation and pain related to frozen shoulder. If pain is not effectively controlled with common pain medications (including OTC pain medications), your doctor may prescribe stronger pain medications and anti-inflammatory medications for pain relief.
  • Physical therapy: a physiotherapist (your doctor may ask you to consult a physical therapist) can help you by teaching you with range of motion exercises, which can help you recover mobility at shoulder joint to a great extent. The more diligently you do the range of motion exercises, the better is your prospect of recovering mobility of shoulder joint affected by frozen shoulder.
  • Other methods for management of frozen shoulder: these include steroid injection (as effective anti-inflammatory drug steroid can help reduce pain and inflammation of frozen shoulder) directly into the affected shoulder joint, shoulder manipulation (this is done under general anesthesia to prevent pain, when your doctor moves the shoulder joint in various directions to improve mobility), and joint distension by injecting sterile water into the joint capsule, which helps movement of shoulder joint.
  • Surgery: most of the cases of frozen shoulder recover by itself within one to two years duration, even without any treatment (hence, treatment is directed at pain management and recovery of mobility if shoulder joint). However, if symptoms persist beyond 18-24 months, your doctor may advise surgery for frozen shoulder. Surgery is done to remove adhesion and scar tissue from shoulder joint.
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