Question:

I am 50 years old and have been suffering with severe pain in my shoulder over the past year. My physiotherapist has been treating me – she says it is a frozen shoulder, and because I was not progressing well she referred me to an orthopedic surgeon. The doctor wants to do a manipulation on my shoulder. Could you tell me what that is?

Answer:

A manipulation for Frozen Shoulder is usually done under anesthesia.  The capsule of the Frozen Shoulder is torn by doing a forceful manipulation of the shoulder.  The purpose is to try and tear the capsule to achieve increased range of motion.  In our experience the manipulation of Frozen Shoulder is usually not effective and can in many instances even lead to more pain following this procedure.  We would favour a cortisone injection into the joint and in severe cases a Capsulectomy procedure.

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