Frozen shoulder, which is also referred as adhesive capsulitis is a condition where a particular shoulder capsule swells and even stiffens restricting the movements. Mainly, it affects on only on a shoulder and rarely affects both. Generally, the term frozen shoulder is not exactly for arthritis as it is specifically for the shoulder joint whereas arthritis is referred to multiple joints. This condition normally targets those who are between 40-60 years of age and more than men; this condition is common in women. It happens gradually and goes away bit by bit within a year or further.
Causes of Frozen Shoulder
The main cause of it is not understood till now, but found as unidentifiable in most of the cases. Yet, most individuals with this problem have suffered with immobility due to injury or any fracture in the shoulder. Those who have diabetes are found with frozen shoulder.
How is frozen shoulder treated?
Usually, the treatment begins with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines and application of heat to the affected area. It is followed with gentle stretching, prescribing of medicines, including corticosteroid injection, application of ice which reduces the swelling and pain. Besides this, physical therapy is advised as it helps to enhance your choice of motion.
Does it work?
In case, if the treatment is not affected, the surgery is suggested to loosen some of the tight tissue over the shoulder. It is not cured with a single surgery as two are important in which the first is called as manipulation with anesthesia where you are put in an unconscious state and then your shoulder is moved into positions which loosens the stiff tissue. The second surgery uses an arthroscope to cut through the tight and scar tissue.
If possible, both the surgeries can be done at a single time for better results.