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Frozen shoulder

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  • 1. The Shoulder Center, PC ARTHROSCOPIC CAPSULAR RELEASE PROTOCOLBACKGROUND/RATIONALE: The defining characteristic of a stiff shoulder islimitation of both active and passive motion of the glenohumeral joint. While, the termfrozen shoulder is most often used to describe a stiff shoulder without a known cause,many known factors can contribute to a higher risk of developing a secondary frozenshoulder: • Diabetes • Hypoadrenalism • Thyroid Disorder • Stroke • Trauma/Fracture • Calcific Tendinosis • Immobilization • AC Arthritis • Parkinson’s • Pulmonary Disease • Cardiac Disease • Corticotropin deficiency • Shoulder Surgery • Fibromatosis • Arthritis • Breast Surgery • Rotator Cuff Tear/Tendinosis • Myofascial Pain Syndrome • Cervical Radiculopathy • Hyperlipidemia • Peripheral NeuropathyThe primary goals of treatment are pain relief and a gentle progressive program to restoremotion and function. Prior to initiating surgical intervention, an extended course ofrehabilitation is recommended.Along with supervised therapy, patients should be educated to perform gentle passivestretching four to five times daily, preferably in the supine position. It is important toperform frequent but short sessions because the shoulder will become stiff againbetween each session.The therapist’s role as educator is vital in reinforcing to patients that success or failure ofthe therapy largely depends on their ability to perform stretching not only with thetherapist but four or five times daily on their own.POSTOP: (Day 0)Initiate passive assisted motion while Acute Pain Service Catheter/Blockin place-reinforces gained motion without pain and establish trust withtherapist. Two therapy sessions the day of surgery are preferable inaddition to self-directed passive motion. Safe limits of motion achievedintra-operatively will be documented per protocol.Sling is worn for comfort only and may be weaned over the first 1-3weeks. Active-assisted motion can typically be added at 3-4 weekspostoperatively if passive motion is maintained and patient is pain free.Gentle functional strengthening may be added once ROM is pain free. www.TheShoulderCenter.com (317) 802-9686

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