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Frozen Shoulder Treatment

Restricted range of motion in the shoulder can be caused by a condition called adhesive capsulitis, or frozen shoulder. Individuals suffering from frozen shoulder may have pain and limited use of their shoulder, arm and hand, making it difficult to perform simple daily tasks. Dr. Jonathan Glashow can offer an accurate diagnosis and frozen shoulder treatment, including surgery, to help you regain mobility at his medical facility on the Upper East Side in NYC.

Causes and Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder

The shoulder joint is unique in its composition. Most joints have connecting bones surrounded by soft tissues, whereas the shoulder joint has soft tissues underneath connecting bones. When tendons, ligaments and other tissues become thickened, the joint is constricted, making it difficult to move. This can be caused by injury to the shoulder or a period of restricted movement (such as after surgery on the shoulder, arm or hand). Scar tissue growth can restrict the shoulder joint further. Symptoms of frozen shoulder include:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Stiffness
  • Limited range of arm movement
  • Lifting the arm above shoulder height is difficult or impossible

While frozen shoulder tends to get worse, then slowly improves over time, it can take 1-3 years to resolve. Physical therapy is effective at restoring strength and range of motion, but some people may require more extensive treatment. Our orthopedic experts can determine the best treatment to resolve frozen shoulder and can recommend non-invasive treatments. If surgery is the best option, we have the best orthopedic surgeons available to perform the needed shoulder repairs.

If you are experiencing restricted shoulder movement and pain, contact our team at Jonathan Glashow, MD, Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine in New York City to schedule your appointment. We can perform a thorough examination and diagnose your shoulder condition.

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