Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder Overview

Frozen shoulder is severe shoulder stiffness. When left untreated, frozen shoulder becomes worse and decreases the quality of life. A Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) shoulder specialist’s customized treatment plan quickly reduces symptoms and improves shoulder mobility.

Symptoms & Causes

Frozen shoulder symptoms include:

  • Decreased range of motion
  • Pain
  • Stiffness

The most common frozen shoulder cause is prolonged shoulder immobilization after a fracture or surgery.

Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options treat frozen shoulder. After a thorough evaluation, a CONA shoulder specialist may recommend:

  • Pain and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy

A noninvasive shoulder manipulation may be recommended to treat severe frozen shoulder. General anesthesia is given so the patient feels no discomfort or pain. A CONA shoulder specialist moves the shoulder joint to loosen severely tight tissues and muscles.

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