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Abrutyn, David A., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 215 Union Avenue, Suite B, Bridgewater
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren

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Black, Eric M., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
574 Springfield Avenue, Westfield
Boretz, Robert S., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 215 Union Avenue, Suite B, Bridgewater
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren
Bullek, David D., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 574 Springfield Avenue, Westfield

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Cappadona, Joseph, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 61 Beaverbrook Road, Lincoln Park

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Garberina, Matthew J., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 1 Diamond Hill Road, Berkeley Heights
Garcia, Jason P., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 741 Northfield Avenue, West Orange

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Ibarbia, Jose D., MD Physiatry 6 Brighton Road, Clifton

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Kanellakos, James G., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph
Kavanagh, Mark L., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 6 Brighton Road, Clifton
61 Beaverbrook Road, Lincoln Park
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren
Kocaj, Stephen, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park

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Niver, Genghis E., MD Hand Surgery 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
Nordstrom, Thomas J., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 215 Union Avenue, Suite B, Bridgewater

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Rao, Rajesh, MD Physiatry 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren
574 Springfield Avenue, Westfield
Rizio, Louis, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 75 E. Northfield Road, Livingston
Rombough, Gary R., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 33 North Fullerton Avenue, Montclair
Rosa, Richard A., MD, FACS Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 741 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
Rubman, Marc H., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph

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Shindle, Michael, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
Siegel, Jeffrey A., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph

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Terry, Alon, MD Physiatry 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
Thrower, Albert B., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 574 Springfield Avenue, Westfield

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Wagshul, Adam D., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren

key facts about frozen shoulder

  • Click to enlarge A frozen shoulder usually starts after a shoulder injury that causes pain and does not allow you to move your shoulder enough. Sometimes, a frozen shoulder may occur for no known reason.
  • If you have limited movement of your shoulder for weeks, months, or years because of an injury, the capsule around the shoulder joint may get very stiff. Your shoulder may develop scar tissue in the joint.
  • A frozen shoulder is often identified by difficulty for you to move your shoulder in all directions. You may not be able to lift your arm above your head or be able to scratch your back. You may feel grinding or pain when you move your shoulder.

what is frozen shoulder?

A frozen shoulder is stiffness and pain in the shoulder that restricts full movement of the joint. After you have had an injury to your shoulder it is important that you do not limit your shoulder motion for a prolonged period of time. It is important to do your shoulder rehabilitation exercises as they have been prescribed. If you feel that you are losing range of motion in your shoulder you should see your healthcare team.

how is a frozen shoulder diagnosed and treated?

A Summit Medical Group shoulder specialist will examine the shoulder and joints to make an initial assessment. Typically, he or she will recommend a combination of X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs to determine the exact extent of your condition. In some cases, you may have an arthrogram (an X-ray or an MRI of your shoulder after dye is injected into your shoulder joint). Our Orthopedics and Sports Medicine center offers all of these services in one roof. We are able to respond to urgent needs during our Sports Injury Hours or at our Urgent Care Centers.

To treat this condition:

  • When your shoulder hurts, put an ice pack, gel pack, or package of frozen vegetables wrapped in a cloth on your shoulder every 3 to 4 hours for up to 20 minutes at a time.
  • Your care team may give you a shot of a steroid medicine into your shoulder joint to help with pain and swelling
  • Take an anti-inflammatory medicine, such as ibuprofen, as directed by your care team. Read the label and take as directed. Unless recommended by your healthcare team, do not take for more than 10 days.
  • Your healthcare team will probably send you to physical therapy for a supervised exercise program. You will also be given exercises to do at home. Follow your care team's instructions for doing exercises to help you recover.

If your shoulder doesn’t get better with exercises and medicine, you may need a procedure to break up the scar tissue in your shoulder. For this procedure you receive a general anesthetic and your provider moves your shoulder in various directions to break up the adhesions (bands of scar tissue). You may need arthroscopic surgery to see if there are other causes for your frozen shoulder.

The length of recovery depends on many factors such as your age and health, and if you have had a previous shoulder injury. The effects of a frozen shoulder can be long lasting and can get worse without treatment.

Source: Content is adapted from our Live Well Library, developed by RelayHealth. Copyright ©2014 McKesson Corporation and/or one of its subsidiaries. All rights reserved.

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