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Frozen shoulder is a condition of stiffness, pain, and limited range of motion due to a soft tissue contracture. The condition generally affects middle-aged adults and can be associated with rotator cuff tears and degenerative arthritis, as well as other medical conditions such as diabetes.

Patients suffering from frozen shoulder are evaluated based on how much pain and immobility is impacting the patient’s lifestyle. Treatment techniques range from light exercises to nonsurgical procedures.

Well directed physical therapy and a home exercise program of stretching is one of the cornerstones of treatment. Other treatment options for a frozen shoulder include cortisone injections, acupuncture, anti-inflammatory medication, and chiropractic care.

In some cases, manipulation under anesthesia or surgery will be necessary to release a frozen shoulder.

“Once treatment has been completed, it is key to maintain good exercise habits in order to keep your shoulder mobile,” says Dr. Rajesh B. Makim, orthopedic specialist atOrthopedic Associates of Port Huron.

To consult with one of our doctors at Orthopedic Associates of Port Huron, please call (810) 985-4900 or click on the Appointment Request button.