If you've been recuperating from an arm injury or surgery, you've been looking forward to the day when you can finally take your arm out that sling. But when the magical day arrives, you're shocked to find that you can't move your shoulder without experiencing agonizing pain. What happened to this joint while the other parts of arm were healing? Chances are that you're suffering from a condition called adhesive capsulitis -- better known as frozen shoulder. Let's take a look at this frustrating problem, from the signs and stages to strategies for providing frozen shoulder relief at our Torrance clinic.
Frozen shoulder is a fairly common condition in which the capsule (the set of tissues surrounding the shoulder joint) become inflamed, develop scar tissue, thicken, and shrink in size. This combination of changes can make shoulder motion extremely painful and limited. It may accompany an acute shoulder injury such as torn rotator cuff, or it can be a complication of some chronic inflammatory condition such as bursitis, osteoarthritis, or tendinitis. It can even occur in the absence of known shoulder problems, especially if your arm has been immobilized for a long time in the wake of an injury or surgical procedure.
Frozen shoulder can strike practically anyone, but it is more common in women, diabetics, and people between the ages of 40 and 60. The pain and stiffness occur both actively (when you try to move the shoulder yourself) and passively (when your doctor moves it to check your range of motion).
The term "frozen shoulder" presents a good description of the effects of this annoying musculoskeletal issue. There are actually three stages of progression in a case of frozen shoulder:
Our doctors at Rolling Hills Medical routinely prescribe exercise as an integral element of frozen shoulder treatment in Torrance. After evaluating your shoulder structure and symptoms carefully, we may recommend stretching and strengthening exercises such as:
As critical as exercise is for frozen shoulder, it isn't the only treatment method we offer. Our team can combine an exercise regimen with other treatment methods such as anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid injections, and physiotherapy. If you need a Torrance doctor for frozen shoulder relief, contact us today at 424-250-8699 for an appointment.
Epidural steroid injections aren't for everyone. You must be able to lie flat on your stomach for the procedure. Pregnancy, diabetes, heart failure, and NSAID use are all potential contraindications. You might experience bleeding, headaches, infection, and a temporary increase in your pain as side effects.