Adhesive Capsulitis, or Frozen Shoulder Syndrome, is a condition effecting adults over 40 with pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. Symptoms can begin gradually and worsen with time. Frozen Shoulder Syndrome is debilitating and painful. Sudden bumps, movements, or even change in temperature can be the cause of sudden pain and discomfort for many patients, and can last several minutes.
Although the direct cause of the condition is unknown, it can last from as little as a few months to several years without immediate treatment. You may be at an increased risk of developing Frozen Shoulder Syndrome if you:
- Recently had surgery
- Had a stroke
- Are recovering from trauma
- Suffered injuries to your shoulder
- Have loss of mobility due to age
Problems that arise from Frozen Shoulder Syndrome are: tremendous pain, swelling of the tissues, heavy breathing, trouble sleeping, difficulty performing simple daily tasks, restriction of motion, slower reaction to your surroundings, and eventually lead to: depression, neck pain, back pain, spinal compression, stroke, diabetes, and more.
Range of motion is regained several different ways. Your doctor may prescribe or inject pain medication. Hydrodilatation, medication, or even surgery can be performed by a doctor in extreme circumstances. Most doctors will begin with lesser treatments like pain medication and physical therapy to start. Keep in mind that pain medication alone is not a permanent treatment plan. Sessions with a physical therapist are absolutely necessary to help regain mobility and prevent future problems.
It is never too late, or too early, to see your physical therapist about a treatment plan for Frozen Shoulder Syndrome. Seeing your doctor or physical therapist right away could help prevent years of pain and suffering from this condition, if properly diagnosed and treatment is implemented regularly and immediately. For more information about Frozen Shoulder Syndrome, contact our office today at (561) 232-3700.