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Frozen Shoulder Syndrome

What is Frozen Shoulder Syndrome?

Frozen Shoulder Syndrome (also known as adhesive capsulitis) occurs when the capsules that surround the shoulder joint begin to thicken and restrict motion in the shoulder.  Frozen Shoulder Syndrome can be difficult because the pain may last for days or weeks at a time (freezing phase) and then resolve itself (thawing phase) only to return a few weeks or months later.  Some research has shown that underlying conditions such as diabetes, hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are at a higher risk to develop this condition.

If you have Frozen Shoulder Syndrome the common symptoms can include:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Reduced mobility of the shoulder
  • Pain in the shoulder that lasts for days or weeks and then resolves

The Board Certified Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Specialists at OSS Health have helped thousands of patients with Frozen Shoulder Syndrome return to an active and healthy lifestyle using a variety of treatment options.

How is Frozen Shoulder Syndrome Treated at OSS Health?

At OSS Health, most cases of Frozen Shoulder Syndrome are managed using conservative treatment options and surgery for Frozen Shoulder Syndrome is not often needed.

These treatment options can include:

  • Physical Therapy 
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Shoulder manipulation

In the rare instances where non-surgical options have not reduced symptoms and surgery is recommended by your OSS Health Specialist, an arthroscopic procedure to remove scar tissue from the shoulder joint can be performed.  Using our advanced minimally invasive techniques, there is very little surgical trauma and you are able to recover and return to normal activities shortly after surgery. 

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