Treatment is typically non-operative initially. Generally, a cortisone injection inside the joint can be very helpful in alleviating pain. It is important to initiate physical therapy stretching exercises daily to help loosen the stiffened capsule. Depending on the duration of symptoms and comorbidities, among other factors, this approach can be successful. For longstanding symptoms, severe stiffness or lack of improvement however, surgery may be necessary.
At Oceana Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Dr Aboka performs minimally invasive, all-arthroscopic treatment for frozen shoulder through keyhole incisions. This cutting-edge technique allows for release of the stiffened capsule structures and gentle mobilization of the shoulder under anesthesia, to allow the joint to loosen. Also, thorough inspection of the shoulder joint, can facilitate identification and treatment of other painful conditions that may be present, ensuring return to good shoulder function. This procedure is outpatient/same-day surgery, and leads to less pain and scarring and quicker recovery, and much improved outcomes with physical therapy.