Prof. Dr. Mehmet İşyar – Ortopedi ve Travmatoloji Doktoru

Frozen Shoulder Syndrome

Mehmet İşyar, M.D. Prof

Frozen shoulder syndrome is a condition caused by inflammation and thickening of the tissues around the shoulder joint. This syndrome, also called “adhesive capsulitis” in the medical literature, is a health problem that severely limits the mobility of the shoulder joint and causes severe pain.

Symptoms of frozen shoulder syndrome usually occur in three stages:

Freezing Stage: In this stage, shoulder joint movements are gradually limited and pain increases. The range of motion of the shoulder decreases and it becomes difficult to perform daily activities.
Frozen Stage: In this stage, the shoulder joint is further restricted and movements are greatly limited. Shoulder movements become painful and difficult. The dullness of the shoulder becomes more pronounced at this stage.
Resolution Stage: This stage represents a process in which the shoulder gradually returns to normal mobility and the pain begins to decrease. This phase can take time and may require physical therapy or rehabilitation.

Although the causes of frozen shoulder syndrome are not fully understood, it can occur due to age, hormonal factors, after shoulder injuries or surgeries. Diagnosis is usually made by physical examination and imaging tests (for example, X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging – MRI).

Treatment options may include medications (painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs), physical therapy, injections into the shoulder joint and, rarely, surgery. If frozen shoulder syndrome is left untreated, the shoulder joint can become permanently limited. Therefore, early

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