How is Frozen Shoulder Diagnosed?
Dr. Yau will make the diagnosis based on a thorough history and physical examination. During the physical examination, Dr. Yau will test both passive and active motion. Both ranges of motion are limited in patients affected by adhesive capsulitis. X-rays and MRI scan are commonly obtained to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other causes of stiffness.
How is Frozen Shoulder Treated?
Frozen shoulder gradually improves without treatment and may take up to 2 years for the condition to resolve. The overall goal of treatment is to help patients regain range of motion and decrease pain more efficiently.
Dr. Yau begins adhesive capsulitis treatment through conservative measures, such as rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy. Cortricosteroid injections may be recommended to shorten the duration of the disease.
Those who fail conservative treatment may go onto surgery. Dr. Yau will typically start by performing a frozen shoulder treatment manipulation under anesthesia. In refractory cases, an arthroscopic capsular release will be performed to debride the scar tissue within the shoulder joint capsule. Aggressive physical therapy will be initiated right after surgery to maintain motion.
For additional resources on adhesive capsulitis, or to learn more about frozen shoulder treatment, please contact the orthopedic practice of Dr. Jervis Yau, shoulder specialist located in the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California area.