I have completely updated this post … please refer to this post on Frozen Shoulder

A frozen shoulder is simply a phrase we use for a shoulder joint that does not move normally.  There is a spectrum of involvement or severity and some patients can have almost no motion in their shoulder.  Frozen shoulders can follow surgery, trauma or fractures.  Most frozen shoulders, however, have no known cause.  Frozen shoulders are very common in diabetics and patients with hypothyroidism.

Most frozen shoulders will resolve spontaneously, with a home stretching program, or with the help of a physical therapist.  Diabetic frozen shoulders can be more difficult to treat.

Rarely, a manipulation under anesthesia or an arthroscopy is necessary to release the tissue responsible for “freezing” the joint.

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Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.

One comment on “I have been told I have a frozen shoulder… what is that?

  • Dr. Luks: Thank you for your very informative site. In your experience, what is the amount of time that it takes for a frozen shoulder to resolve itself, from the onset of symptoms to return to normalcy? Thank you!

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