Dr. Kouyoumjian is a leading orthopedic surgeon serving the residents of Plano, TX. He specializes in the treatment of various shoulder conditions such as sprains, strains, fractures, dislocations, Rotator Cuff Tear, Frozen Shoulder etc.

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder Or Adhesive Capsulitis is a condition that causes inflexibility and pain in the shoulder. As stiffness in the tissues surrounding the shoulder joint increases, scar tissue starts to develop over time. This may lead to limited range of motion and make the shoulder movements difficult as well as painful.
Frozen Shoulder develops gradually in different stages that progress over a period of time. People between 40 to 70 years of age are more susceptible to developing the condition.

Causes Of Frozen Shoulder

  • Prolonged immobilization of shoulder due to injury or illness
  • Diabetes
  • Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism
  • Chronic shoulder conditions

Symptoms Of Frozen Shoulder

  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Restricted shoulder movement
  • Stiffness in the shoulder joint
  • Inability to lie down on the affected shoulder
  • Difficulty Performing everyday tasks

Diagnosis Of Frozen Shoulder

The doctor may conduct a physical examination to test the range of motion. For this purpose, he may ask the patient to perform specific shoulder movements. An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) test can be conducted to rule out the possibility of a tear in the rotator cuff. An X-Ray may help in determining Arthritis or other shoulder deformities. The patient may be asked to undergo an arthrogram for the X-Ray so that the doctor can clearly look at the shoulder structures.

Treatment For Frozen Shoulder

Most of the times, Frozen Shoulder can be treated with non-surgical measures. These may include:

Non-surgical treatment

  • Medication: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help in reducing pain and inflammation in the joint. Sometimes, a steroid injection may directly administered into the shoulder to reduce uneasiness.
  • Physical therapy: Physical therapy may help in regaining normal range of shoulder motion. The doctor can recommend moderate stretching and strengthening exercises to speed up the recovery process.
  • Ice packs: Application of ice packs at frequent intervals may also decrease pain.

Surgical treatment

Surgical treatment may be required if the symptoms do not subside with conservative methods. The aim of the surgery is to loosen the tight tissues surrounding the shoulder. There are two options:

  • Manipulation: This procedure is performed under the effect of general anesthesia. During the surgery, the arm is moved to various positions to stretch the tight tissue.
  • Arthroscopic surgery: This surgery involves making an incision in the shoulder and using an arthroscope to remove scar tissue. It helps in regaining normal range of motion of the shoulder.

For diagnosis and treatment of Frozen Shoulder, visit Dr. Kouyoumjian. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in Plano, TX, call at (972) 985 – 1072.