Learn About Adhesive Capsulitis
- Posted on: Oct 15 2019
If you’ve ever experienced pain or stiffness in the shoulder joint, you may be experiencing a condition called Frozen Shoulder, otherwise known as adhesives capsulitis. We are one of the primary centers in Worcester, MA treating this condition with a full spectrum of options for you, the patient.
What causes adhesive capsulitis?
Patients are at an increased risk of developing this condition if they have spent time recovering from a special surgery or condition that causes them to avoid moving their arms. This may include conditions such as a stroke or procedures such as a mastectomy. Additional risk factors for frozen shoulder include women over the age of 40, patients who have had previous prolonged immobility due to other injuries or procedures, and patients with systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, thyroid disease, and Parkinson’s disease. Diabetes is a major risk factor and has been associated with an elevated Hemoglobin A1c level.
How can I prevent adhesive capsulitis?
The best way to prevent this condition from occurring is the increase mobility. Immobility is the common reason why this problem occurs. If patients have been recovering from a broken arm or injured shoulder, they may develop adhesive capsulitis. If at any point in one’s life it is difficult to regularly move the shoulder, it is highly recommended that these patients talk to their doctor about specific exercises that can be performed daily to maintain the range of motion in the shoulder joint.
How is adhesive capsulitis diagnosed?
A diagnosis of frozen shoulder is often done with a physical evaluation. Patients will visit their doctor who will ask them to move the arm and shoulder in various directions to check for levels of pain and to determine that range of motion available in the should joints. Passive range of motion may also be evaluated to achieve a proper diagnosis. MRI is rarely required to make the diagnosis.
How is adhesive capsulitis treated?
Most cases of frozen shoulder can be addressed with treatment. Treatment may include:
- Medications – over-the-counter pain medications and anti-inflammatory medications can be used to reduce discomfort. Steroid injection can be very beneficial in loosening the stiff tissue to facilitate physical therapy.
- Therapy – physical therapy ensures patients maintain their range of motion and recover as much mobility in the shoulder area as possible.
- Surgical treatment – most patients will recover from frozen shoulder, but individuals with persistent problems may want to speak to their doctor about the possibility of a surgical treatment.
Speak to a professional about adhesive capsulitis today!
Call Desio Sports Medicine at (508) 363-6363 to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Stephen M. Desio in Worcester, MA. The practice is located at 123 Summer Street, Ste. 520.