Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder

Adhesive Capsulitis, also called frozen shoulder, is a condition that causes stiffness, pain, and a limited range of motion in your shoulder. A person may experience frozen shoulder after an injury or overuse. Other times, it can be caused by a disease such as diabetes or a stroke. When a person has frozen shoulder, stiffening tissue around joint has caused scar tissue to form, which then makes shoulder movement difficult and even painful. Frozen shoulder is a condition that progresses gradually, and can take a year or more to slowly improve.


The doctors at Austin Sports Medicine may determine that a patient has frozen shoulder during an interview and physical exam. Sometimes, an X-Ray may be ordered to ensure that a patient’s limited shoulder movement is not being caused by another condition.


The majority of patients are able to recover from frozen shoulder through a treatment plan that includes anti-inflammatory medications, stretching exercises and possibly the use of heat and ice. For cases in which the shoulder is not responding to non-surgical treatment, arthroscopic surgery can be performed to help loosen some of the tight tissues around the shoulder.

To learn more about the treatment of frozen shoulder at Austin Sports Medicine, please contact us today at 512-450-1300

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