Frozen Shoulder - Flower Mound, TX
Dr. Kulwicki is a Flower Mound, TX, based orthopedic surgeon providing comprehensive treatment for a broad spectrum of shoulder conditions. He specializes in diagnosing and treating Frozen Shoulder.

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis is a condition which involves thickening and swelling of the ligaments surrounding the shoulder joint.  This causes stiffening of the shoulder thus reducing the space for the upper arm to move. People who wear a shoulder sling or brace due to a surgery or fracture are more susceptible to develop this condition.  

Causes Of Frozen Shoulder

  • Medical conditions such as Diabetes, Parkinson's Disease Rotator Cuff Injury and Thyroid disorders
  • Weak immune system
  • Trauma or injury to the shoulder
  • Previous shoulder injury or surgery
  • Fractured arm
  • Cardio vascular problems

Symptoms Of Frozen Shoulder

  • Pain in the shoulder
  • Inflammation
  • Stiffness and restricted shoulder movement
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Weakness in the shoulder muscles

Diagnosis Of Frozen Shoulder

During the physical examination, the doctor may move the shoulder to check for restricted movement. He may also ask about the medical history of the patient. Imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI or Ultra sound scan may be recommended to identify the underlying cause and severity of the condition. A double contrast shoulder arthrography may also be conducted to rule out other conditions.

Treatment For Frozen Shoulder

  • Physical therapy: Certain exercises may be recommended by the doctor to reduce stiffness and increase the range of motion. These exercises may also help to provide strength and flexibility to the shoulder joint.
  • Medications: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed by the doctor to relieve pain. In case of severe pain, cortisone injections may be administered.    
  • Rest: The doctor may recommend providing sufficient rest to the affected shoulder. He may suggest switching to low impact activities until the condition completely improves.
  • Ice and heat packs: Applying ice packs at frequent intervals may help to ease the symptoms. Heat packs can also be applied to promote recovery.  
  • Shoulder manipulation: In this procedure, the shoulder joint is moved into different positons to improve flexibility of the shoulder joint. Patient may be given anaesthesia during this procedure.  
  • Surgery: The surgeon may make small incisions in the shoulder joint to remove any damaged tissues or adhesions.  

Prevention Of Frozen Shoulder:

  • Warm up exercises should be performed before starting an extensive workout.
  • After a surgery, light stretching and strengthening exercises should be practiced to prevent stiffening of the shoulder joint.  
  • Avoid sitting in the same position for long period of time.

For comprehensive treatment of Frozen Shoulder, visit Dr. Kulwicki. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in Flower Mound, call at (972) 899 – 4679.