FROZEN SHOULDER SURGERY FOR RESIDENTS OF AND VISITORS TO JACKSON, WY
Frozen shoulder surgery is a treatment for severe cases of adhesive capsulitis, which can result in a gradual loss of movement in the shoulder joint. Over time, this lack of movement can also cause painful adhesions (scar tissue) to develop within the joint, further limiting its range of motion. Individuals in Jackson, Wyoming, who are experiencing shoulder pain and stiffness can explore their treatment options with the orthopaedic specialists at Teton Orthopaedics. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons, physical therapists, and other medical professionals are highly specialized and provide personalized care for a full range of conditions affecting the shoulder.
To diagnose frozen shoulder, a physician at Teton Orthopaedics in Jackson, WY, will typically take a complete medical history and perform a physical examination. Additionally, X-rays and other diagnostic tests may be ordered to rule out other possible causes of shoulder pain and stiffness, such as arthritis and calcium deposits.
After a diagnosis of frozen shoulder is confirmed, surgery is not usually the first-line treatment. Instead, most patients do well with a customized physical therapy program, which may include:
- Targeted exercises
- Heat and ice applications
- Electrical stimulation
Also, over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications may be recommended, if needed. The main goal of any treatment for frozen shoulder is to alleviate pain and increase range of motion.
At Teton Orthopaedics, our goal is to keep bodies in motion using the most conservative means possible. In our experience, most frozen shoulders have resolved without surgery (either with conservative treatment or on their own). However, if severe symptoms persist, we may recommend a surgical procedure to manipulate the shoulder joint in order to break down scar tissue, or to remove bone spurs from the shoulder joint, which may have developed in response to inflammation.
If you’d like to discuss frozen shoulder surgery and other treatments available at Teton Orthopaedics, contact us today. We see residents of and visitors to Jackson, WY, with and without referrals.