MS - Orthopaedics, MNAMS (Membership of the National Academy) (General Surgery) , DNB (Orthopedics), MBBS
Orthopedic Doctor, Delhi
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Shoulder manipulation is a widely used method for frozen shoulder
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Shoulder manipulation is a method which is helpful in loosening up the muscles of the shoulder tissue in which the surgeons would move the shoulder forcefully under the effect of local anesthesia, but it is not a widely used method in the recent times because of the fact that arthroscopic surgery has replaced it. In the shoulder manipulation technique, the chances of fractures and other complications are greatly increased which is the main reason of avoidance.
What are the primary treatment procedures for frozen shoulders?
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Taking medicines is one of the best ways to recover from the pain and swelling as a result of frozen shoulders. Medicines like aspirin and ibuprofen help in the reduction of pain so that you are able to move your shoulders to some extent. Steroid injections are also sometimes used depending on the severity of the condition. Cortisone is one the very powerful medicine which is anti-inflammatory in nature and is directly injected into the shoulder joint making it a very effective way to recover from the condition. It is best to consult an orthopedic if you suspect frozen shoulders to avail proper treatment.
Surgery is a widely used method for treatment of frozen shoulder
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Surgical treatment is carried out very rarely and that too only when all other treatment procedures have shown no or very little results. Arthroscopic surgery is what is recommended by the doctors usually where some small tools like the size of pencils are inserted in the shoulder regions through tiny cuts. This method is not generally used, and you should try out other methods of treatment before going for the surgery which is painful.
What are the exercises used in recovering from frozen shoulders?
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Physical therapy or exercises have proved to be an excellent help in the recovering from frozen shoulders. Keeping your hand fixed at ninety degrees from the body and rotating your body like a door hinge is one of the best exercises for frozen shoulders. In case of forwarding flexing, you have to lie on your back and use the unaffected arm to lift the arm affected overhead till the time you feel a gentle stretch. Another great exercise is to gently pull the affected arm across your chest just below the chin to that extent that does not cause pain. You should take care that you never stretch with a force which can cause negative effects and increase your pain further.
Joint distension is another method for recovering from frozen shoulder
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This is a semi-invasive technique used for the treatment of frozen shoulder where the doctor injects sterile water into the capsule of the shoulder for the purpose of stretching it. This actually helps in the reduction of the stiffness and the shoulder is able to move freely. Care should be taken that the procedure is only carried out by an expert professional.