Adhesive capsulitis, known casually as frozen shoulder, is treated by the board-certified orthopedic specialists at Tampa Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group near Brandon, Florida. Catering to locals since 1949, our practice (a division of Florida Medical Clinic) offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to patients with a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.
Aptly named, frozen shoulder causes the shoulder – an intricate ball and socket joint – to feel immobile, stiff, and essentially frozen. This condition occurs when the connective tissue that encases the shoulder begins to lose its lubricating synovial fluid. As a result, stiff bands of tissue known as adhesions may develop.
Researchers aren’t sure exactly what triggers this condition, but a few risk factors have been identified. These include:
- Being over 40 years old
- Having a condition that immobilizes the shoulder, such as a rotator cuff tear, stroke, or broken arm
- Having one or more particular systemic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, overactive or underactive thyroid, Parkinson’s disease, and tuberculosis.
The physicians at Tampa Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group near Brandon, FL, offer a variety of conservative (non-surgical) treatments for frozen shoulder, such as:
- Anti-inflammatory prescription medication
- Physical therapy
- Platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP injections)
In the event that a patient’s condition does not respond to conservative measures, surgery may be recommended to release the stiffened joint tissue. Our patients benefit from the expertise of board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Murphy, who has ample experience performing shoulder surgeries using the latest advances in treatment.
Contact Tampa Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group today to schedule a consultation for frozen shoulder treatment. Our practice is proud to serve residents of the Brandon, FL, area.