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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about steroid injections for a frozen shoulder?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Buecker
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Helps inflammation: Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, is an inflammatory condition of the shoulder where tissue like scar forms and restricts motion. Steroid injections place a powerful anti-inflammatory medicine directly in the area. This helps slow the inflammatory process. Often, pain is improved to the point where physical therapy (pt) can be performed, which is the mainstay of treatment.
Dr. Brian Badman
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
Sure: Despite literature stating lack of efficacy, in my practice, glenohumeral steroid injections or steroid placed intraarticularly are very effective for treating true capsulitis (frozen shoulder). I usually space them 6 weeks apart with the average patent needing 2-3. If no response after 2 you may fall into the 10-20% that require surgical release.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have steroid injections for a frozen shoulder?

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Dr. Daniel Mass
Orthopedic Surgery 47 years experience
Physical therapy: If you has a steroid injection you also need stretching exercises by a physical therapist.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Can anyone tell me about frozen shoulder?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Connective tissue: It is disorder of the connective tissue around the joint, and may be worsened by insufficiency of blood supply. Effective treatments are available through medications and physical therapy. See you doctor soon to limit the duration of illness, relieve pain and improve mobility.
Last updated May 23, 2016
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