Frozen Shoulder Specialist

Peninsula Orthopedic Associates

Orthopedists & Sports Medicine located in Daly City, CA & San Francisco, CA

If you’re not able to move your shoulder like you used to, you may be experiencing a frozen shoulder. The expert orthopedists at Peninsula Orthopedic Associates in Daly City, California, can diagnose and treat your frozen shoulder and help you regain movement. If you live in or near the Bay Area, call or schedule a consultation with the online booking option.

Frozen Shoulder Q & A

What is frozen shoulder?

Frozen shoulder is a medical term that refers to the loss of motion in your shoulder joint, also referred to as adhesive capsulitis. Researchers are still investigating the exact cause of frozen shoulder but believe it may have something to do with underlying inflammation.

Women are more prone to developing a frozen shoulder than men, and it more often occurs between ages 40 and 65. Diabetes, hyperthyroidism, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, and clinical depression may also predispose you to develop a frozen shoulder.

How do I know if I have a frozen shoulder?

Limited range of motion in your shoulder may occur for a number of different reasons. In order to determine the exact cause of your frozen shoulder, your orthopedist at Peninsula Orthopedics may run other tests to rule out other causes. These tests may include:

  • X-rays
  • MRI
  • CT scan

If your tests come back negative for other causes, then the team may make treatment recommendations for a frozen shoulder.

How did my shoulder become frozen?

The decrease in mobility in your shoulder tends to happen in three stages over a variable period of time.

Stage 1

During the first stage of frozen shoulder, you experience pain during movement, especially at night. Stage 1 typically lasts for two to nine months.

Stage 2

In the next stage of frozen shoulder, you may experience less pain, but you’ll begin to experience a significant decrease in range of motion and function in your shoulder. Stage 2 can last anywhere from four to 12 months.

Stage 3

Stage 3 is when you start to regain movement and function in your shoulder. The restoration process can take four to 12 months.

How is a frozen shoulder treated?

Due to the nature of frozen shoulder, your orthopedist at Peninsula Orthopedic Associates takes a conservative approach in treating the condition. Treatment may include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication
  • Muscle relaxers
  • Stretching and range of motion exercises
  • Heat and ice

Your orthopedist may also recommend corticosteroid injections. If your frozen shoulder fails to resolve after several months of conservative treatment, you may need surgery.

For treatment and management of your frozen shoulder, call the experts at Peninsula Orthopedic Associates or book an appointment online.