Frozen shoulder is a shoulder condition, limiting movement because of pain and inflammation. It is also called adhesive capsulitis and may progress to a state where an individual may feel it is very hard to move the shoulder. It is more common in older adults aged between 40 and 60 years, and in women more than men. Dr. Steven Struhl is a top orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder joint treatments and surgery at his clinics in NYC and Westchester, including offering advanced options in frozen shoulder treatment.

What Is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder is caused by an inflammation of the ligaments holding the shoulder bones to each other. The shoulder capsule becomes thick and tight. Stiff bands of tissue called adhesions may develop that are painful and restrict movement. Individuals with a shoulder injury, shoulder surgeries, a shoulder immobilized for a long period of time or other disease conditions such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Parkinson’s disease and cardiac diseases are at risk of developing frozen shoulder.

Frozen shoulder may cause pain and stiffness and limit the movement of the shoulder. The condition can be diagnosed by the presenting symptoms and radiological diagnostic procedures such as x-rays or MRI scans. Treatment for frozen shoulder includes non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid injections for pain, treatment of underlying risk factors and shoulder arthroscopy surgery. During surgery, the scar tissue will be removed and tight ligaments, if any, will be dissected. Following surgery, physical therapy will be advised to bring a full range of motion and strengthen the muscles.

Do you suffer from a painful shoulder joint that is stiff and difficult to move? Is your range of motion limited, impacting your arm mobility? You may be suffering from frozen shoulder. For an expert diagnosis and treatment options, contact the clinic of Dr. Steven Struhl in Westchester or NYC to schedule an exam and evaluation.