Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) is a tightening of the tissue around the shoulder joint. It makes it hard to move the shoulder. Closed manipulation improves range of motion by moving the arm at the shoulder to break up scar tissue.
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This procedure is done to:
Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:
Things that may raise the risk of problems are:
The care team may meet with you to talk about:
The doctor may give:
The doctor will twist and move the shoulder upward and outward. The actions will break up scar tissue to improve range of motion.
45 to 60 minutes
Pain and swelling are common in the first two weeks. Medicine and home care can help.
Most people leave the same day. If you have any problems, you may need to stay longer.
Right after the procedure, the staff may:
Physical therapy will be started soon after the procedure.
It may take 3 months to heal. Physical activity will be limited during recovery. You may need to ask for help with daily activities and delay return to work.
Call the doctor if you are not getting better or you have:
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
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Shoulder arthroscopy. Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00589. Accessed September 29, 2020.
Last reviewed September 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Warren A. Bodine, DO, CAQSM Last Updated: 6/8/2021