Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, refers to a condition marked by progressive often painful loss of motion of the shoulder joint.
Frozen shoulder has a variety of causes. The most common cause is unknown (idiopathic) meaning it just spontaneously develops. It can occur secondary to painful shoulder conditions such as rotator cuff tendonitis and arthritis or after prolonged shoulder immobility due to surgery or injury. It can also occur in association with diabetes, or from a pinched nerve in the neck.
The treatment involves regular and prolonged physical therapy and a home exercise program to gradually regain range of motion. This can be supplemented with the use of medications and occasional injections. For those individuals who do not improve with treatment, there are a few surgical approaches available to resolve the condition.
Daniel Weingold, MD specializes in total joint replacement and sports medicine. He practices in our Burke and Springfield offices.