Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
- Shoulder stiffness (noticeably restricted movement)
- Difficulty with activities such as brushing hair, putting on shirts/bras
- Pain at night in affected shoulder
- Dull achy pain in shoulder
What is Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)?
Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis) occurs when the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint contracts and thickens, making shoulder movement difficult. The reason for this problem is not completely understood but seems to occur more often in people that have experienced long periods of shoulder immobilization (such as after casting or splinting) as well as in people with diabetes.
Many cases of frozen shoulder may be treated with nighttime splints, anti-inflammatories, therapy, and/or steroid injections. While non-surgical treatment can relieve many cases of the condition, surgery may be necessary in some patients.
Frozen Shoulder Arthroscopy (Minimally Invasive Surgery)
Shoulder arthroscopy is a minimally invasive method of relieving frozen shoulder. During surgery, one of our orthopaedic surgeons will create small incisions in the shoulder through which an arthroscope (small video camera) is inserted to allow your surgeon to view the shoulder joint on a video monitor. A small knife is used to divide the tight tissue restricting movement of the joint capsule. This method frequently results in a shorter recovery time compared to open surgery. For best postsurgical results, physical therapy is usually required.