Adhesive Capsulitis Treatment
Treatment for adhesive capsulitis includes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, narcotic pain medications, and corticosteroid medications. Months of physical therapy may be required to restore normal range of motion in the shoulder. If physical therapy is not successful, range of motion may be more quickly restored under general anesthesia. Treatment for severe adhesive capsulitis may include surgery to remove scarred tissue in the shoulder joint.
Treatment for adhesive capsulitis may include:
- Physical therapy for adhesive capsulitis:
- Helps to break up adhesions in the shoulder joint
- Passive range of motion and muscle stretching to start
- Slowly move to active range of motion
- Advance to light shoulder exercises building resistance slowly
- Apply a warm compress to relax tight muscles:
- Apply cold compresses after exercise:
- Apply for 20 minutes following range of motion exercises
- Wrap ice in a moist hand towel. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Corticosteroid injections for adhesive capsulitis
- Oral corticosteroid medication:
- Shoulder manipulation:
- A surgeon moves the shoulder, in order to loosen tight tissue in the shoulder, while the person is under general anesthesia.
- Surgery for adhesive capsulitis
- Removes scarred or inflamed tissue in the shoulder joint
Adhesive Capsulitis Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of adhesive capsulitis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Adhesive Capsulitis Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat adhesive capsulitis:
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