Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Adhesive Capsulitis

Adhesive Capsulitis (or more commonly known as “Frozen Shoulder”) is a condition identified by pain and stiffness of the shoulder without acute injury. Individuals with diabetes, thyroid disorders, and prolonged immobilization are especially susceptible to the condition. Adhesive Capsulitis is usually classified in 3 phases: gradual onset of pain (6 weeks to 9 months), decreased range of motion (4 months to 9 months), and gradual return of range of motion (5 months to 26 months). Nonoperative treatment options such as taking anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, and steroid injections are successful plans for a majority of patients. However, if extensive physical therapy does not provide relief, surgery provides a good alternative treatment option.