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Frozen Shoulder Treatment by Carolina Orthopaedic & Neurological Associates

Understanding Frozen Shoulder: A Common Orthopaedic Condition

Frozen shoulder, medically known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by significant stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint, leading to weakness and decreased range of motion. This condition can severely impact the quality of life, making daily activities challenging. Carolina Orthopaedic & Neurological Associates (CONA), with locations in Spartanburg, Duncan, and Greenville, South Carolina, specializes in diagnosing and effectively treating this condition.

Symptoms and Causes of Frozen Shoulder

The primary symptoms of frozen shoulder comes in three stages: 

  • Freezing Stage: During this phase, shoulder movement causes pain, leading to limited mobility in the joint, lasting for a period of  2 to 9 months.
  • Frozen Stage: During the frozen stage, you may experience increased and challenging stiffness in the shoulder, lasting for 4-12 months.
  • Thawing Stage: This final stage is marked by a gradual improvement in the shoulder’s mobility. It can last anywhere from 5 to 24 months.

A frozen shoulder typically develops gradually and is often caused by prolonged immobilization of the shoulder joint. This can occur following an injury, surgery, or fracture. The condition is more common in individuals over the age of 40 and can be particularly debilitating for those leading active lifestyles.

Expert Diagnosis and Customized Treatment Plans at CONA

At CONA, our team of experienced shoulder specialists provide comprehensive evaluations to diagnose frozen shoulders accurately. Our approach includes a detailed medical history review, physical examinations, and, if necessary, advanced imaging techniques to assess the extent of the condition. We believe in creating customized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs and lifestyle.

Nonsurgical Treatment Options for Frozen Shoulder

CONA’s nonsurgical interventions are often the first line of treatment for frozen shoulder, including:

  • Pain and anti-inflammatory medications to reduce discomfort and swelling
  • Physical therapy sessions designed to restore mobility and strength gradually
  • Home exercise programs to maintain shoulder movement and prevent further stiffness

Advanced Techniques for Severe Cases

For more severe cases of frozen shoulder, CONA may recommend noninvasive shoulder manipulation under general anesthesia. This procedure is pain-free for the patient and involves a shoulder specialist carefully moving the shoulder joint to loosen tight tissues and muscles, significantly improving mobility.

Why Choose Carolina Orthopaedic & Neurological Associates?

Choosing CONA for your frozen shoulder treatment means receiving care from a team of dedicated specialists who are committed to restoring your shoulder function and improving your quality of life. Our state-of-the-art facilities in Spartanburg, Duncan, and Greenville are equipped with the latest technologies and staffed by leaders in orthopedic and neurological care.

Your Path to Recovery Starts with Carolina Orthopaedic & Neurological Associates

If you’re experiencing symptoms of a frozen shoulder, don’t wait for the condition to worsen. Early intervention is key to a quicker and more effective recovery. Contact Carolina Orthopaedic & Neurological Associates today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards regaining your shoulder mobility and living pain-free. Our team is here to guide you through every step of your journey to recovery, offering personalized care and support. Trust in our expertise and commitment to excellence in orthopedic and neurological health.

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