Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis): Symptoms, Tests, and Treatments
A frozen shoulder typically presents as restrictive stiffness and pain in the shoulder’s joint area that worsens over time. Frozen shoulders affect nearly 2% of people, primarily women between the ages of 40 and 60. Though this condition may not be extremely common, it is painful and severely limits mobility in its sufferers.
If you suspect that you may be suffering from a frozen shoulder, seek medical care from one of our renowned physicians and specialists at West Medical. Reach us at (855) 690-0565 to schedule an appointment or consultation with one of our experienced medical professionals. A frozen shoulder is an uncomfortable and limiting injury, but it is not untreatable. Our knowledgeable specialists provide comprehensive medical care, ensuring patients a comfortable and efficient recovery.
Frozen Shoulder Symptoms
While there is no definitive cause for frozen shoulders, this type of injury is particularly common in those between the ages of 40 and 60 (especially women), and those whose shoulders were rendered immobile for a significant period of time following an injury. People sufferings from diabetes, hyper/hypothyroidism, and Parkinson’s are also at a greater risk of developing a frozen shoulder.
Other symptoms of a frozen shoulder include:
- A dull or aching shoulder pain that begins gradually but worsens over time
- Stiffness at the shoulder joint
- Restricted movement of the shoulder or upper arm due to pain/stiffness
Tests for a Frozen Shoulder
An experienced medical professional is best suited to examine your frozen shoulder and determine the extent of your injury. Based on an examination, your medical history, recent injuries, and/or other illnesses that may suffer from, a physician will be able to diagnose your shoulder pain and stiffness. Additional tests or screenings may be ordered at your doctor’s discretion, depending on the severity of your injury and discomfort.
Treatments for a Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
A physician will determine the care necessary to manage your frozen shoulder, but common treatments include:
- Rehabilitative exercises like stretches and movement to increase mobility
- Sometimes injections of steroids or numbing medications into the joint, in order to forcibly loosen the stiff area
- In rare cases, surgery may be required in order to free up the frozen shoulder joint
The physicians and orthopedic specialists at West Medical have treated countless frozen shoulder cases, from the onset of the injury to the final recovery stages. Additionally, West Medical’s staff of skilled surgeons provides top tier care to frozen shoulder cases that may require surgery.
Contact us at (855) 690-0565 to schedule a consultation or an appointment with one of our physicians at West Medical. Frozen shoulders are a treatable condition but require doctors and specialists with the comprehensive knowledge necessary to ensure your recovery. Call us today.
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