Health Fusion: Thaw a frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder occurs when the lining around the shoulder joint becomes inflamed, possibly the result of a minor injury. It thickens over time and forms scar tissue.

“The scientific name we give it is adhesive capsulitis,” says Dr. Christopher Camp, an orthopedic surgeon with the Mayo Clinic. “Basically, it is a condition when the shoulder becomes tight and you cannot move it very well. Frozen Shoulder has three stages, and symptoms and treatment options depend on what stage you are at. ”

Camp says the first stage is inflammatory. This is the painful phase. Rest and steroid injections can help. The second stage is when the shoulder is less painful but starts to stiffen. Physiotherapy then works well. The third phase …

“… we call it thawing, which means it finally begins to relax, loosen up and start moving again,” says Camp.

If it doesn’t go away within six to 12 months, surgery may be an option. Talk to your doctor if you have shoulder pain.

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