Frozen Shoulder

When an individual's shoulder experiences a loss of movement, or when they feel pain or stiffness in their shoulder, this is considered Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis). Such pain and motion loss can affect many seemingly normal and mundane daily activities, making it unnecessarily difficult and even painful.
Causes
Sometimes, frozen shoulders have no obvious cause. Other times, an inflammation takes hold and affects parts of the shoulder capsule causing the joint to become thickened and scarred thus reducing the volume of the shoulder joint leading to limited mobility.

However, there are several risk factors that individuals should take note of, such as:
  • Age older than 40 years
  • Endocrine Disorders such as Diabetes, Cardiac Disease, Thyroid problems, Parkinson's Disease, or if you have undergone surgery
  • Gender - women are more at risk than men
  • Prolonged immobilisation of the shoulder after injury or pain that limits shoulder movement
Symptoms
The key sign of a Frozen Shoulder is pain and a limited range of motion in the shoulder it self. Frozen Shoulder can be categorized into three stages:

  • Stage 1 - Freezing — This is the painful stage and shoulder movement is limited; this stage normally lasts from 6 to 12 weeks
  • Stage 2 - Frozen — The pain eases in this stage, but the stiffness remains; this stage generally lasts from 4 to 6 months
  • Stage 3 - Thawing — In the final stage, the movement in the arm gradually improves; this stage can last more than 1 year
Treatment
We at Gleneagles Hospitals aim to make our treatment as comprehensive and simple yet as effective as possible in order to control the pain and restore movement and strength. Our treatments include:

  • Manipulation under anaesthesia to release the tightening and increase the range of movement
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain and swelling
  • Physiotherapy to help to restore movement
  • Steroid injections to reduce inflammation and facilitate movement
  • Surgery to release the tight joint capsule

Our Specialists

Dr. Chuah Uei Chyi
Specialty
Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery
Spinal Surgery
Pain Management
Location
Gleneagles Hospital Kota Kinabalu
Dr. Nahulan Thevarajah
Specialty
Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery
Location
Gleneagles Hospital Kota Kinabalu
Dr. Dharmalingam Muthiah
Specialty
Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery
Location
Gleneagles Hospital Kota Kinabalu
Dr. Chidambaram Sambandam
Specialty
Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery
Location
Gleneagles Hospital Kota Kinabalu
Dr. Tom Vanniasingham
Specialty
Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery
Location
Gleneagles Hospital Kota Kinabalu
Dr. Tan Chen Wee
Specialty
Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery
Location
Gleneagles Hospital Kota Kinabalu
Dr. Anam Kour
Specialty
Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery
Hand & Microsurgery
Location
Gleneagles Hospital Kota Kinabalu

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