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Frozen Shoulder

  • What is frozen shoulder?

    Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that results in loss of movement, and pain or stiffness in the shoulder. This pain and loss of movement can affect daily activities.

  • There are 2 main categories of frozen shoulder:

    • Frozen shoulder can occur with no obvious cause.
    • Swelling causes parts of the capsule in the shoulder joint to thicken and scar. This reduces the space in the shoulder joint, limiting the ability to move and causing the shoulder to 'freeze'.

     

    There are several risk factors for frozen shoulder:

    • Age older than 40 years
    • Endocrine disorders – eg. diabetes, cardiac disease, thyroid problems, Parkinson's disease, or from past surgery
    • Gender – Women are more at risk than men
    • Lack of use of the shoulder for a long period of time due to injury or pain that limits movement
  • The most obvious symptoms of frozen shoulder are pain and a limited range of movement.

    There are 3 stages of a frozen shoulder:

    • Stage 1, freezing stage: this is the painful stage and shoulder movement is limited. This stage normally lasts from 6 – 12 weeks
    • Stage 2, frozen stage: the pain lessens, but the stiffness remains. This stage generally lasts from 4 – 6 months
    • Stage 3, thawing stage: in the final stage, the movement in the arm slowly improves. This stage can last more than 1 year
  • The aim of treatment is to control the pain and restore movement and strength. Treatments include:

    • Manipulation under anaesthesia to ease the tightness and increase the range of movement
    • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain and swelling
    • Physiotherapy to help restore movement
    • Steroid injections to reduce inflammation (swelling) and allow movement
    • Surgery to release the tight joint capsule
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    • Alan Cheung

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

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      Clinic:
      International Orthopaedic Clinic
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #05-24
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6253 7111
    • Anandakumar S/O Vellasamy

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Centre For Foot And Ankle Surgery
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #10-34/35
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6684 5828
    • Andrew Quoc Dutton

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Elite Orthopaedics Pte Ltd
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #12-10
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      68368000
    • Ang Chia Liang

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Centurion Orthopaedic Centre
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #08-35
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6970 5835
    • Ang Kian Chuan

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Orthosports Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #10-41
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6734 8168
    • Antony Gardner

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Orthopaedic Associates
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #11-49/50/51
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6334 0622
      Clinic:
      Orthopaedic Associates
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #16-03
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      62358755
    • Bell David Paul

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Orthosports Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #10-41
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6734 8168
    • Bose Kamal

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Bose Bone, Joint & Spine Clinic
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #14-12
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      67387155
    • Chan Beng Kuen

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Orthopaedics International
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #06-03
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      67376386
    • Chan Ying Ho Henry

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

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      Clinic:
      Hc Orthopaedic Surgery
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #15-14
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6732 8848

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