Adhesive Capsulitis

Monday, July 25, 2011

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Adhesive capsulitis, or frozen shoulder, happens when the ligaments in the shoulder get thickened, inflamed and scarred. This makes the shoulder painful and stiff. The symptoms usually get worse over time.

Reaching away, over your head, and behind your back can be very painful. Lying on your shoulder at night can also be painful and can make it difficult to sleep.

Adhesive capsulitis is more common in women and in people 40 to 70 years of age. People with adhesive capsulitis usually do not need surgery. Most of the time the shoulder will heal on its own. However, this can take awhilesometimes even years.

It is important to use your shoulder as much as you can. Your doctor may want you to do shoulder exercises. If the pain is very bad, your doctor may prescribe cortisone. This can be taken as a pill or given as a shot into the shoulder. If the pain does not get better, your doctor may refer you to an orthopedic surgeon.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.