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W. Anthony Frisella, MD

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder is a condition that is common in women in their 40s and 50s. It can also occur as the result of diabetes or thyroid disease. We don’t really understand why frozen shoulder occurs, but when it does, it results in severe inflammation inside the shoulder joint. This inflammation causes thickening of the ligaments in the shoulder, and, over time, more and more stiffness.

Frozen shoulder is painful, especially at night. Treatment of frozen shoulder begins with cortisone injections to reduce inflammation. Therapy can be helpful. If pain and stiffness do not resolve, surgery can be performed to release the scarred tissue. Surgery is generally very successful.

For the surgical repair and non-surgical treatment of frozen shoulder in St. Charles County, call Dr. Frisella at (636) 229-4222 or request an appointment online.