Adhesive Capsulitis—Closed Manipulation
(Frozen Shoulder—Closed Manipulation)
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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Reasons for Procedure
This procedure is done to:
- Ease pain and stiffness
- Improve range of motion in the shoulder
- Break up scar tissue
What to Expect
Problems to Look Out For
Call the doctor if you are not getting better or you have:
- Tingling or numbness that will not go away, especially in the arms and hands
- Pain that you cannot control with medicine
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Lasting nausea or vomiting
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: https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/treatment/shoulder-arthroscopy.
- Warren A. Bodine, DO, CAQSM
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