Frozen Shoulder – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Mitchell Fagelman is a leading shoulder surgeon in Carrollton, TX providing treatment for an array of acute and chronic orthopedic conditions. He has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating Frozen Shoulder to help patients restore the normal joint mobility.

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder is an orthopedic condition characterized by stiffness and inflammation of the connective tissues, known as shoulder capsule, that surround the joint. The condition may also lead to the formation of scar tissues which may further restrict the movement of the shoulder. Frozen Shoulder commonly affects people aged 40 to 60 years and may take up to a year to completely subside.

Causes Of Frozen Shoulder

  • Injury to the shoulder muscles
  • Previous shoulder surgery
  • Injury during swimming, overhead weight lifting or playing cricket
  • Prolonged immobilization of the joint
  • Cervical Disc Disease
  • Excessive or forceful rotation of the arm
  • Medical conditions such as Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism, Diabetes, Epilepsy etc.

Symptoms Of Frozen Shoulder

Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder usually appear as the condition develops through different stages. These are:

  • Freezing Stage: The patient may experience pain and stiffness in the shoulder. Movement may be slightly restricted and the pain is maximum at nighttime.
  • Frozen Stage: Severe stiffness and further decrease in range of motion are common symptoms. Pain may begin to moderate and does not increase after this stage.
  • Thawing Stage: At this stage, the patient may begin to gradually restore the movement and flexibility of the shoulder joint.

Diagnosis Of Frozen Shoulder

The orthopedic doctor may ask the patient to move the arm in different directions to check the range of motion. Inflammation, tenderness and bruising around the shoulder joint may also be analyzed. X-ray and other imaging tests may be conducted to rule our Arthritis and Rotator Cuff Tear.

Treatment For Frozen Shoulder

  • The orthopedic doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to provide relief from pain and discomfort. For severe pain, cortisone injections may be administered.
  • Application of ice or heat packs, as recommended by the doctor, may also reduce stiffness in the shoulder.
  • Joint distention may be performed, i.e. sterile water may be injected to stretch the tendons and improve joint mobility.
  • The doctor may gently manipulate the joint to loosen the tissues and eliminate stiffness.
  • Doing low impact exercises may help to restore the mobility of the shoulder.
  • Surgery may be required if conservative treatment does not provides relief. The procedure may involve removing the scar tissue and adhesions from the shoulder joint.

For comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of Frozen Shoulder, visit Dr. Fagelman. To schedule an appointment with the shoulder surgeon in Carrollton, TX, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.