What Is Frozen Shoulder?
Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, causes pain and loss of motion in the shoulder. It can present itself for no particular reason, but more normally it arises after some sort of trauma.
Whatever the cause, the problem area is the shoulder capsule. It’s a complicated structure that contains the shoulder ligaments, which connect the ball to the socket. This capsule provides the shoulder with more stability while still allowing it to have a wide range of motion.
How Is Frozen Shoulder Diagnosed?
Although the cause may be a mystery, the Fort Worth orthopedic surgeons at Trinity Orthopedics are able to identify frozen shoulder symptoms with the help of the patient. Our doctors, such as shoulder expert Dr. Iagulli, sit down with the patient, getting a full medical history, examining the shoulder, and listening to every symptom that plagues them. Frozen shoulder tends to follow a certain path, though.
Active: The pain starts and worsens.
Frozen: The pain improves, but the shoulder loses motion.
Thawing: The pain goes away, and motion returns.
Left alone, this process can last anywhere from a few months to a year and a half, but treatment can shorten this process significantly.
Thawing a Frozen Shoulder
The good thing about frozen shoulder is that it can get better without treatment. As mentioned above, it goes through three stages and disappears on its own. Once the diagnosis has been made, the orthopedic surgeons at Trinity Orthopedics in Fort Worth will work with you to develop a physical therapy regimen that will focus on two objectives:
Maintaining your range of motion and keeping it from getting worse
Decreasing the inflammation in your shoulder capsule
Surgery might help later on in the process, but physical therapy exercises and anti-inflammatory medicines will help to shorten the entire process and have you pain-free sooner.