It is advised that you are assessed by an orthopaedic shoulder specialist consultant to diagnose, investigate and make a treatment plan for your frozen shoulder.
These days most frozen shoulders are successfully treated with a combination of injections and directed physiotherapy. Not many require surgical intervention.
The most successful injection is called hydrodistension or hydrodilatation. This injection is done under ultrasound guidance (probe with gel is placed on the shoulder to guide the needle into the correct position), fluid in the form of water, corticosteroid and local anaesthetic is then injected into the joint under gentle pressure. This has the effect of distending the capsule and breaking down the scar tissue. This procedure is well-tolerated and is done in an outpatient setting without the requirement for an anaesthetic. People can return to normal activities immediately including driving.
The physiotherapist will take the patient through a “capsular stretching program” which essentially help stretch out the tight parts of the capsule to restore movement and function.
The shoulder and elbow team at OneWelbeck can help anyone with a frozen shoulder to provide a dedicated treatment which will expedite the treatment of this painful and debilitating condition.