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Frozen Shoulder Treatments

Treatment

Treatment focuses on:

  • Relieving pain
  • Restoring function and range of motion to the shoulder

Nonsurgical Options

  • Pain relievers (eg, ibuprofen and aspirin )—to help reduce inflammation and relieve pain
  • Muscle relaxants—to help relax arm and shoulder muscles
  • Physical therapy—to stretch muscles and restore motion and function to the shoulder; the foundation of treatment, which requires much home exercise
  • Heat and ice therapies—to help relieve pain and reduce swelling
  • Corticosteroid injections—as prescribed and given by your doctor (rarely done for this condition)

Surgery

Closed Manipulation

This surgery is a forceful movement of the arm at the shoulder joint. It is done to loosen the stiffness. This is performed under anesthesia. It is followed by intensive physical therapy.

Arthroscopic Surgery

A small incision is made in the shoulder. Special small instruments are inserted through the incision. The tightened tissues are released. The shoulder is manipulated. Physical therapy must be done after this surgery.

If you are diagnosed with a frozen shoulder, follow your doctor's instructions .

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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