Dr. P.H Laubscher, Orthopaedic surgeon

Dr. P.H Laubscher, Orthopaedic surgeon in Johannesburg

Frozen shoulder (Adhesive capsulitis)

Patients typically suffer with severe pain (especially at night) and progressive shoulder stiffness. Sudden movements (to catch a falling object) causes severe/excruciating pain. It is a common condition affecting mostly female patients in their 40 or 50’s. Patients with diabetes mellitus (type I or II) have a much higher chance of developing this condition. Other associated risk factors include trauma to the shoulder, recent shoulder surgery, or even conditions such as hypo or hyperthyroidism and Parkinson’s disease.

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Recommended treatment and care needed for this condition:

Conservative measures are in most cases sufficient but in some severe and persistent cases surgery is indicated. Surgery entails arthroscopic assisted release of the adhesive glenohumeral capsule. This allows early and aggressive post operative mobilization. Physiotherapy play an important role in resolving this condition.

Please also refer to article: "Frozen Shoulder: A Review"


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