Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Shoulder Frozen 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:

Shoulder Frozen 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?
  • 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?

Shoulder Frozen Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat adhesive capsulitis:

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Last Updated: Jun 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Shoulder Frozen References
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