Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that causes shoulder pain and stiffness.
A capsule of connective tissue surrounds the top of your upper arm bone where it fits into the shoulder socket. When inflammation in the shoulder capsule causes it to thicken and tighten, it can become hard to move your shoulder.
Frozen shoulder has a gradual onset, with symptoms that get worse and then resolve within a few years. We can help you pinpoint the cause of your symptoms, and choose the frozen shoulder treatment option that’s right for you. At Aurora, that might mean medication, physical therapy, surgery or a combination approach to care.
Our team includes dozens of orthopedic surgeons with expertise treating frozen shoulder. They use a variety of techniques to help you find relief, including physical therapy, medication and shoulder surgery.
People across Wisconsin also choose us for frozen shoulder treatment because we offer:
Shoulder pain is the main symptom of frozen shoulder. For many, it feels like a dull ache in the outer shoulder or upper arm.
Frozen shoulder develops slowly over 3 stages:
Doctors don’t completely understand what causes frozen shoulder, but certain factors do increase your risk:
To evaluate you for frozen shoulder, your doctor will move your shoulder in different directions and ask you to try to move it on your own. Your doctor may also order tests, including:
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More than 90 percent of people with frozen shoulder recover with non-surgical treatment. Our orthopedic experts have deep expertise treating frozen shoulder with: