The symptoms of a Frozen Shoulder can be very dramatic. There are considered to be three stages of a Frozen Shoulder which all have individual symptoms:
● Freezing Stage: significant pain, which is usually worse at night, is felt when moving the shoulder and slight noticeable loss of range of motion. The freezing stage will generally continue for 6 to 9 months
● Frozen stage: the pain experienced may begin to lessen in this stage, but the loss of range of motion of the shoulder increases dramatically. The frozen stage generally lasts 4 to 6 months
● Thawing stage: in this stage you range of motion will improve, but most likely not completely and medical intervention will be necessary. The thawing stage usually lasts 6 months to 2 years /If You Are Experiencing Symptoms, Schedule an Appointment Dr. Burke Orthopedics Immediately.
Physical therapy is key to treating this condition. While it is possible for Adhesive Capsulitis to resolve on its own, this takes years. Seeking treatment from a physical therapist working in conjunction with your doctor can significantly speed up recovery by teaching you the proper stretches that are needed, strengthening appropriate muscles and offering pain relieving modalities to mitigate the inevitable pain that will be experienced when working through this process. More than 90% of people get better with conservative treatment.
Pain killers, NSAIDs, steroid injections may all be considered as well.
If you are in the unlucky 10% that do not improve with conservative measures, there is a surgery called a manipulation that may be considered. A manipulation consists of taking the shoulder joint gently through its range of motion while under anesthesia. An arthroscopic procedure may also be indicated in order to break up any scar tissue that may be in the area.