Frozen Shoulder

Premier Orthopedic Specialists of Tulsa

Orthopedic Surgery located in Tulsa, OK

Up to 5% of Americans experience frozen shoulder, a condition that can cause painful shoulder stiffness. At Premier Orthopedic Specialists of Tulsa, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons use a personalized approach to provide superior shoulder care. They help each patient move through the three phases of frozen shoulder comfortably using a variety of conservative and surgical techniques. Book your appointment online or call the office to schedule a frozen shoulder evaluation now.

Frozen Shoulder Q & A

What is frozen shoulder?

Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, is a condition in which the shoulder capsule — the tissue lining the shoulder joint — grows inflamed and thickens. This, in turn, can cause the shoulder capsule to stick to the bone, causing frozen shoulder. 

What are the symptoms of frozen shoulder?

Frozen shoulder can cause pain and stiffness. Your symptoms occur in a predictable pattern because frozen shoulder has three stages, including:

Freezing

The freezing stage occurs when the adhesion starts. At this point, your range of motion decreases, and you typically experience pain as you move your shoulder. 

Frozen

The frozen phase occurs when the shoulder’s completely stuck. Because the stiffness is so severe, you may have less movement-related pain during this stage. 

Thawing

The thawing phase occurs when the shoulder starts to loosen, and your range of motion begins to improve. You may still have shoulder pain at this point. 

The three phases can last for up to six months each, possibly longer. 

What causes frozen shoulder?

In most cases, the cause of frozen shoulder is unknown. But, shoulder trauma and overuse can both lead to frozen shoulder. People with diabetes are more likely to develop frozen shoulder, and the condition can be difficult to treat in this situation. 

Whether your case of frozen shoulder is difficult to treat or easily resolved, Premier Orthopedic Specialists of Tulsa has solutions.

How is frozen shoulder treated?

At Premier Orthopedic Specialists of Tulsa, the goal of frozen shoulder treatment is to help you through all three phases of the condition quickly and with as little discomfort as possible. Your doctor typically creates a specific treatment plan for each phase of the condition.

Most people experience rapid improvement with a combination of medicine and physical therapy. But if you have a stubborn case of frozen shoulder, one that resists improvement with medication and physical therapy, your doctor may perform shoulder manipulation. 

Shoulder manipulation, which your doctor performs while you’re under anesthesia, involves manipulating your shoulder up and out, thereby breaking up scar tissue that’s restricting your shoulder joint. 

Some cases of frozen shoulder may require arthroscopic surgery to remove scar tissue and restore your shoulder joint movement. 

If you have a painful and stiff shoulder, click the online scheduler or call Premier Orthopedic Specialists of Tulsa for skilled care now.