What are Frozen Shoulder Treatment Options?
Dr. Mazzara usually recommends nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, home exercises and physical therapy. A corticosteroid injection into the bursa is usually performed on the first office evaluation. Two weeks later, an ultrasound guided injection into the inflamed joint is usually performed.
A frozen shoulder usually gets better over time but can often take up to three years. A few simple treatments to restore motion and control pain may be all that is needed.
Does Adhesive Capsulitis Require Surgery?
If non-surgical treatments are not diminishing frozen shoulder symptoms over time, Dr. Mazzara may recommend a release of the tight shoulder through an arthroscopic procedure called a “lysis of adhesions” combined with a manipulation of the shoulder. Performing the arthroscopic release before a manipulation can reduce the risk of injury to the bones or tendons when compared to manipulation alone. This procedure is followed immediately by a return to physical therapy.
In other cases, patients in the Manchester, South Windsor, Enfield, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford communities may undergo arthroscopic surgery. This minimally invasive surgery is used to release tight areas and remove scar tissue from the joint to restore mobility. Following surgery, aggressive physical therapy and home-stretches are required to maintain motion.
Dr. James Mazzara is an orthopedic shoulder specialist serving the Manchester, South Windsor, Enfield, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford Connecticut communities. If you have symptoms of a frozen shoulder or would like a consultation, please contact his office.