Frozen Shoulder Surgery

Frozen shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis) is a troublesome condition whereby the shoulder joint becomes stiff and painful. It may result after an injury or without any precipitating event. It is more common in people who suffer from diabetes. The main symptom, as the name suggests, is that of stiffness, which limits the shoulders mobility especially when attempting to use the arm at positions away from the body or overhead. An episode can last up to two years before full movement can be regained.

Initial treatments may include physiotherapy, and steroid injections to combat the underlying inflammation.

Surgery can help shorten the duration of symptoms. An arthroscopic capsular release divides the lining of the joint. It is combined with a manipulation under anaesthetic which involves stretching the joint to permit more movement.