Frozen Shoulder - McKinney, TX
Dr. Morgan, a McKinney, TX based orthopedic surgeon, provides comprehensive treatment for Frozen Shoulder. He specializes in the use of advanced techniques to help patients find relief from pain and improve joint’s range of motion.

Frozen Shoulder

The shoulder is made up of three bones - humerus, scapula (shoulder blade) and the clavicle (collarbone).  The two shoulder joints (glenohumeral and acromioclavicular) are encapsulated by a connective tissue present between the bones that provide stability to the joint. Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis refers to a condition when this capsule gets damaged and swollen which may limit the range of motion of the shoulder.

Stages Of Frozen Shoulder

  • Freezing phase:  The pain is severe and worsens at night.
  • Frozen phase: Pain may decrease but a persistent stiffness in the shoulders can be experienced
  • Thawing phase: The pain starts to subside and some motion is regained

Risk Factors For Frozen Shoulder

  • Risk of  having Frozen Shoulder may increase for people above the age of 40 years
  • Women are more susceptible
  • People who have suffered stroke are at a high risk
  • Thyroid disorders

Causes Of Frozen Shoulder

  • An injury or surgery in the shoulder
  • Women undergoing postmenopausal period
  • Excessive overhead movements of the arm
  • Diabetes, Arthritis or cardio-vascular problems
  • Patients suffering Dupuytern’s Contracture (condition in which small lumps are formed in hand and fingers due to tissue thickening) may have a high risk of developing Frozen Shoulder

Symptoms Of Frozen Shoulder

  • Dull or persistent pain in the shoulder
  • Inability to move the arm
  • Stiffness and soreness
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Difficulty sleeping n the affected shoulder

Diagnosis Of Frozen Shoulder

  • Physical examination of the shoulder to check for visible symptoms and range of motion
  • The doctor may recommend certain imaging tests like MRI and X-Rays to study the structural problems of the shoulder.

Treatment For Frozen Shoulder

  • Medication: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) maybe prescribed to relieve pain
  • Exercise: The doctor may advise the patient to do some stretching exercises to restore the joint’s lost motion
  • Corticosteroid injections: The doctors may administer corticosteroid injections for alleviating the shoulder pain
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS): The doctor may recommend the use of this technique to decrease the pain caused by Frozen Shoulder. In this, small pulses of electric current are sent to the affected shoulder, which numbs the nerve endings that control pain.
  • Arthrographic distension: In a rare case the doctor may advise an arthrographic distension surgery. This procedure is carried out by numbing the shoulder using a local anaesthetic. A contrasting material is injected into the patient’s shoulder. This fluid dilates the joint capsule which stretches the scar tissues and improves shoulder’s range of movement.
  • Arthroscopic surgery: It may be required in severe cases of Frozen Shoulder. An arthroscope is inserted into the shoulder to remove the scar tissue.

For treatment of Frozen Shoulder, visit Dr. Morgan. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in McKinney, TX, call at (972) 727 – 9995.