Frozen Shoulder Overview
Frozen shoulder is severe shoulder stiffness. When left untreated, frozen shoulder becomes worse and decreases the quality of life. A Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) shoulder specialist’s customized treatment plan quickly reduces symptoms and improves shoulder mobility.
Symptoms & Causes
Frozen shoulder symptoms include:
- Decreased range of motion
The most common frozen shoulder cause is prolonged shoulder immobilization after a fracture or surgery.
Nonsurgical treatment options treat frozen shoulder. After a thorough evaluation, a CONA shoulder specialist may recommend:
- Pain and anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
A noninvasive shoulder manipulation may be recommended to treat severe frozen shoulder. General anesthesia is given so the patient feels no discomfort or pain. A CONA shoulder specialist moves the shoulder joint to loosen severely tight tissues and muscles.