- Physical Therapy: Gentle stretching and range-of-motion exercises are often prescribed to improve flexibility and restore shoulder function. Physical therapists can guide patients through specific
exercises tailored to their condition.
- Pain Relief Medications: Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, may help reduce pain and inflammation associated with frozen shoulder. In some cases, doctors may prescribe stronger pain medications or administer corticosteroid injections to alleviate
- Heat and Cold Therapy: Applying heat packs or taking warm showers can help relax the shoulder muscles and increase blood flow to the area, reducing stiffness. Cold therapy, such as ice packs, may
be useful in managing pain and inflammation.
- Joint Distension: In this procedure, sterile water or a saline solution is injected into the shoulder joint to stretch the capsule and improve range of motion. This can provide temporary relief and facilitate physical therapy.
- Manipulation Under Anesthesia: This procedure involves manipulating the shoulder joint while the patient is under anesthesia to break up adhesions and improve mobility. It is usually followed by
- Surgery: In rare cases where conservative treatments fail, surgical intervention may be considered. Surgery for frozen shoulder typically involves removing scar tissue or releasing tight portions of the joint capsule. Rehabilitation following surgery is crucial for restoring shoulder function.
Facing Frozen Shoulder? Read below to find out more on what you can do.
Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. It occurs when the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint becomes thickened and tight, leading to limited mobility and discomfort. The exact cause of frozen shoulder is often unknown, but it can be triggered by factors such as injury, prolonged immobility, or certain medical conditions.
Treatment options for frozen shoulder aim to reduce pain and improve shoulder mobility. The following approaches are commonly recommended:
It’s important to note that treatment plans can vary depending on the individual and the severity of the condition. It is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional, such as an orthopedic specialist or a physical therapist, for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment approach.
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Dr Ananda Vella
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
MBBS (Singapore), MRCS (Edin), MMed (Ortho), FRCSEd (Orthopaedics & Trauma)