How is Frozen Shoulder Treated?
Treatment for frozen shoulder usually starts with basic activities including rest, ice, and medication. Physical therapy is often very effective in treating frozen shoulder, especially when combined with steroid injection. These treatments should help the return of motion and function to the shoulder.
If conservative treatments are not curing the frozen shoulder over a period of time, Dr. Padalecki will perform arthroscopic shoulder surgery to repair the condition. Prior to surgery, he may attempt a manipulation procedure under anesthesia, where he will force the shoulder joint to move, causing the capsule and scar tissue to stretch or tear. This releases the adhesions and increases range of motion. During arthroscopic surgery, Dr. Padalecki will attempt to cut some of the tight tissues around the shoulder and relieve the pressure.
Following arthroscopic shoulder surgery, patients will need to adhere to a rehabilitation program as instructed by Dr. Padalecki. This will involve specific exercises and movements over a distinct period of time. It’s in the patient’s best interest to complete rehab and work with Dr. Padalecki towards a complete recovery.
For additional resources on frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), please contact the office of Dr. Jeff Padalecki, Austin, Texas orthopedic shoulder specialist.