What Drugs, Lifestyle Changes, and Home Remedies Treat Frozen Shoulder? How Long Does it Take to Heal?
The treatment of a frozen shoulder usually requires an aggressive combination of antiinflammatory medications, for example, NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that include aspirin, ibuprofen, (Advil, Motrin), and naproxen (Aleve), cortisone injection(s) into the shoulder, and physical therapy. Without aggressive treatment, a frozen shoulder can be permanent.
Diligent physical therapy to treat a frozen shoulder can include ultrasound, electric stimulation, range-of-motion exercises, ice packs, and strengthening exercises. Physical therapy can take weeks to months for recovery, depending on the severity of the scarring of the tissues around the shoulder. It is very important for people with a frozen shoulder to avoid reinjuring the shoulder tissues during the rehabilitation period. Avoid sudden, jerking motions of or heavy lifting with the affected shoulder.
Arthroscopic surgery and malipulating treatments for frozen shoulder. Frozen shoulders can be resistant to treatment. Other treatments such as release of the scar tissue by arthroscopic surgery or manipulation of the scarred shoulder under anesthesia may be considered for patients with resistant frozen shoulders. The manipulation is performed to physically break up the scar tissue of the joint capsule. This procedure carries the risk of breaking the arm bone (humerus fracture). It is very important for patients that undergo manipulation to partake in an active exercise program for the shoulder after the procedure. It is only with continued exercise of the shoulder that mobility and function is optimized. Once initial treatments have been initiated, the proper ongoing treatment is guided by the monitoring of your doctor.
Pain relief for a frozen shoulder usually requires an aggressive combination of anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injection(s) into the shoulder, and physical therapy. Examples of medications that help relieve soreness, inflammation, and pain from frozen shoulder include NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), for example, ibuprofen, naproxen (Naprosyn), diclofenac (Voltaren), and many others. Cortisone drugs can be used briefly, either orally (prednisone or prednisolone) or injected into the joint (Depo-Medrol, Kenalog, Celestone). Cold packs can be applied to the shoulder after exercise to minimize inflammation and pain after exercise.