Frozen Shoulder Treatment
The shoulder capsule covers the ball-and-socket shoulder joint, a connective tissue that helps keep the joint in place. Synovial fluid helps ensure the shoulder joint can move smoothly within the capsule. When the shoulder capsule thickens and stiffens, it creates a loss of shoulder mobility, causing a disorder called frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis. Caliber Pain™ offers effective frozen shoulder treatment at our medical facility in Midtown Manhattan.
Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder
Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, is more common among women and adults between 40 and 60 years of age. This joint disorder occurs in three stages: freezing, frozen and thawing. During the first stage, the shoulder becomes more painful, making it more difficult to move. This stage can last up to nine months before the shoulder is frozen. While the pain can dissipate, the shoulder is very weak and immobile for up to six months. In the thawing stage, mobility slowly returns over several months to a few years.
What Causes Frozen Shoulder?
There is not a known cause for why some people obtain frozen shoulder. It is more common in those with diabetes and may occur after surgery or injury when the arm is immobilized for recovery. During the freezing stage, the shoulder capsule becomes stiff due to thick bands of tissue called adhesions. Synovial fluid can dissipate, restricting lubrication.
Frozen shoulder is a painful and frustrating joint condition that can impact your mobility, making it difficult to perform routine, daily tasks. Our team at Caliber Pain™ can offer an accurate diagnosis and same day interventional treatment to offer relief. Physical therapy, hyaluronic acid injections and corticosteroid injections are some of the treatments that may be recommended to improve mobility during frozen shoulder treatment.
If you have symptoms of frozen shoulder, contact our pain specialists at Caliber Pain™ to schedule a consultation. We offer adhesive capsulitis treatment at our clinic in New York City.