Adhesive Capsulitis: Causes and Management

By blogwriter
August 15, 2015

Are you experiencing pain or stiffness in your shoulders? Are you unable to move your shoulders properly due to pain? It's possible you may be suffering from adhesive capsulitis, also known as frozen shoulder. It is a painful condition which can limit your shoulder's movement due to inflammation or stiffness in the connective tissue of your shoulder joint. Though the condition progresses gradually, it can cause chronic pain. It can also subside over time on it's own, but may come back.

Frozen shoulder treatmentWhat causes adhesive capsulitis?

Adhesive capsulitis begins with stiffening of the tissues surrounding the joint, causing pain and limiting the movement of your shoulders.

  • Growing age

Frozen shoulder is likely to affect people in the age group of 40 and 70. Women over 50 are more likely to experience it.

  • Injury or surgery

Pain associated with frozen shoulder can begin after an injury or surgery. If you have previously suffered from a shoulder injury, you are likely to develop frozen shoulder.

  • Chronic diseases

If you suffer from diabetes or have suffered a stroke, you are likely to develop adhesive capsulitis.

Managing adhesive capsulitis

The chronic pain caused by frozen shoulder can be managed by medications, physical therapy and even a surgery. All these treatments focus on improving the range of motion of the shoulder and reducing the pain. Medications like ibuprofen and aspirin can provide immediate relief from the pain caused by the condition. However, they may not hep in long-term. Physical therapy on the other hand, helps in maximizing your shoulder's range of motion. However, the results of the therapy depend on how often and accurately you perform the specified exercises. Surgery is usually the last resort and it involves the removal of adhesions as well as scar tissue from the shoulder joint to relive pain.

Interested in learning more about adhesive capsulitis? Contact Dr. Stephen Franzino, Sports Medicine of Napa Valley

For more information about the adhesive capsulitis, its symptoms and treatment, contact Dr. Stephen Franzino, Sports Medicine of Napa Valley. We are located in Napa Valley and can be contacted directly at 707.258.2547. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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