Frozen Shoulder Care

Our team of orthopedic surgeons at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute offers the most specialized expertise in shoulder care of any orthopedic center in the D.C. area. Our shoulder specialists are fellowship-trained in advanced shoulder surgery and are dedicated specifically to treating shoulder pain and shoulder conditions.

Your orthopedist at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute will spend time with you to determine the cause of your shoulder condition, making sure that you know all of your treatment options before proceeding. We specialize in the most advanced surgeries to help you regain your shoulder strength and range of motion after experiencing a shoulder injury.

What is frozen shoulder?

Frozen shoulder occurs when the capsule of connective tissue that surrounds the shoulder thickens and contracts, leading to stiffness and pain from restricted movement. Because the shoulder is needed for everyday movements, as well as for participation in sports, frozen shoulder can often lower a person’s quality of life and cause ongoing pain.

What causes frozen shoulder?

The condition generally affects adults ages 40 to 60 and can be caused by diseases such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Cardiac disease

Frozen shoulder may also be the result of immobilizing your shoulder for too long after an injury, which is why a vital part of any shoulder recovery is physical therapy.

What are the symptoms of frozen shoulder?

Frozen shoulder may cause any of the symptoms below, which warrant a visit to a shoulder specialist at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Limited range of motion in the shoulder
  • Feeling that shoulder is “stuck” in place
  • Soreness
  • Stiffness

How is frozen shoulder diagnosed?

The orthopedic physicians at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute are experts at diagnosing the full range of shoulder problems. An initial exam may include:

  • Medical history evaluation – Your orthopedist will ask you questions about when your pain began, whether it affects one or both shoulders, and when the pain feels most severe. Other questions may be about previous injuries, whether you have other medical problems, and if you take any medications.
  • Physical exam – Your orthopedist will examine your shoulder and arm to evaluate your pain, strength, and range of motion.
  • Imaging tests – Your doctor may want to examine the bones and joints surrounding the shoulder using X-rays.

What are the best frozen shoulder treatment options?

In most cases, our shoulder experts at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute can help you regain full range of shoulder motion, as well as offer frozen shoulder pain management using one or a combination of these conservative treatments:

  • Physical therapy
  • Cortisone injections
  • Anti-inflammatory or pain medication

In cases where the pain is more severe or damage is more complex, we may recommend arthroscopic surgery to release the tight tissue and help you regain shoulder movement.

 

If you are suffering from shoulder pain, call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our doctors have years of experience diagnosing and treating shoulder injuries and are pleased to offer comprehensive shoulder care in the Washington, D.C. area.

Our Specialists

Shoulder & Elbow


MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean

Sports Medicine

Evan H. Argintar, MD
Sports Medicine

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
MedStar Washington Hospital Center

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
William Postma, MD
Sports Medicine

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Mitchellville
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Melissa Ann Yadao, MD
Sports Medicine
PhonePhone: 866-767-1682

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge

General Orthopedics

John P. Byrne, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge
Dennis A. Carlini, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
Shaun Kumar Khosla, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lorton
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
Bruce Robert Knolmayer, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Kevin McMahon, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Edward C. Rabbitt, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
Jeffrey D. Sabloff, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf

Locations

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