Any time you have pain and stiffness in your shoulder that lingers, it’s important to see your doctor to get a proper diagnosis. Initial frozen shoulder treatment is designed to reduce inflammation, alleviate pain, and gradually restore motion and function.
Heat, anti-inflammatory medications, and corticosteroid injections may provide relief. Supervised physical therapy that includes gentle, passive stretching exercises can also be beneficial.
If an extended course of rehabilitation doesn’t help, you may consider surgical intervention. At the Arizona Center for Hand Surgery, the preferred surgical treatment for frozen shoulder is arthroscopic capsular release. Arthroscopy allows Dr. Hovis to thoroughly evaluate your shoulder to ensure that he addresses all contributing factors for pain and stiffness.
Because the capsule is most often the structure responsible for the stiffness, arthroscopic surgery enables Dr. Hovis to precisely release only this tissue, minimizing the risk of injury to healthy tissue.
If you suffer from the symptoms of frozen shoulder, contact the Arizona Center for Hand to Shoulder Surgery for an in-person or remote consultation with Dr. Hovis today.