Pharmacy Clinical Pearl of the Day: Frozen Shoulder
The risk of developing frozen shoulder increases during recovery from a medical condition or procedure that prevents arm movement.
Clinical Pearl of the Day: Frozen Shoulder
Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint.
- Signs and symptoms typically begin gradually, worsen over time and then resolve, usually within 1 to 3 years.
- The risk of developing frozen shoulder increases if recovering from a medical condition or procedure that prevents arm movement—such as a stroke or a mastectomy.
- Symptoms may include motion problems, pain, and discomfort in the affected area.
- Causes: The bones, ligaments and tendons that make up the shoulder joint are encased in a capsule of connective tissue. Frozen shoulder occurs when this capsule thickens and tightens around the shoulder joint, restricting its movement.
- Risk factors include being female and over 40 years of age.
- Diagnosis may include MRI, X-ray and other imaging studies.
- Treatment may include pain medications, such as ibuprofen, physical therapy with motion exercises, steroid injections, joint distension, shoulder manipulation, and possible surgery.