Don’t Let Your Shoulder Freeze

Frozen shoulder is a condition of stiffness, pain, and limited range of motion due to a soft tissue contracture. The condition generally affects middle-aged adults and can be associated with rotator cuff tears and degenerative arthritis, as well as other medical conditions like diabetes.

Well-directed physical therapy and a home exercise program of stretching are the cornerstones of treatment. Other treatment options include cortisone injections, acupuncture, anti-inflammatory medication, and chiropractic care. In some cases, manipulation under anesthesia or surgery will be necessary to release a frozen shoulder. Once treatment has been completed, it is important to maintain a good exercise regimen to keep your shoulder mobile and pain free.

To learn more about conditions of the shoulder, visit Southern California Orthopedic Institute’s shoulder page online, or call to schedule an appointment at (888) 791-7766.