Promising Treatments for Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder is a common and painful condition where patients find themselves unable to move the shoulder joint freely anymore. Typically this is accompanied by terrible pain, compounding the immobility with true suffering.

The treatments for frozen shoulder are myriad, and may include various combinations of physical therapy, steroid injections, or shoulder surgery. But a lesser known treatment is gaining some traction nowadays, thanks in part to a recent study which showed that the treatment, known as extracorporeal shockwave therapy, or shockwave therapy, is more effective than many suspected. In a basic experiment, it offered marked improvements:

Functional improvements were significant compared with baseline at 2 months, with further amelioration at 4 and 6 months. These included an overall 3.14-fold decrease in the Visual Analog Scale, a 2.97-fold reduction in the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand Score questionnaire, and a 39.7% increase in the Constant Shoulder Score.

It should be noted that this study was conducted of diabetics, and that there was no control group or randomized assignment of treatments. Still, it was an impressive result, and one which should beget further study in the coming years.

If you want the latest treatments for frozen shoulder in San Diego, contact Dr. Holland here today.

Listen to Your Pediatric Orthopedist: Sports Can Harm

Sports are great. They encourage teamwork, foster competitive verve, and teach kids the many good lessons of winning and losing with dignity. Sports also help to further developmental skills and instill a lasting appreciation for the value of discipline. Also, they’re fun.

But sports can be dangerous as well. Some of the most common youth sports have a tendency to cause lasting injuries. As a coach or parent, it is your job to learn and remember the signs of common sports injuries, the better to minimize their impact and enhance your charges’ recovery.

Recently I came across a page that outlines some of the more common youth injuries in sports, as well as what is at stake:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 2.6 million children 0 to 19 years old are treated in the emergency department each year for sports- and recreation-related injuries.

The list includes many repetitive stress injuries such as periostitis (shin splints), growth plate injuries, and the various causes and symptoms of hairline fractures in overworked athletes.

If your child is complaining of chronic pain after engaging in youth sports, it’s time to step back and take a breather. For a full diagnostic workup and expert recommendations, set your appointment with the San Diego Orthopedic Surgery Center today.

When Frozen Shoulder Sneaks Up On You

Frozen shoulder is a surprisingly common disorder – estimates hold that something like one in fifty adults will contract this painful condition. Yet most people either fail to recognize the symptoms, or else misdiagnose the pain as something else.

This recent video follows one woman’s experience with frozen shoulder, from diagnosis through intensive therapy. Along the way, it makes the important point that therapy must be regular and long-lasting to truly relieve the symptoms:

When the capsule in your joint begins to swell from inflammation, the result is impeded motion and excruciating pain. That’s why it’s important to visit an orthopedist and get a full workup to determine the best course of care, and the most effective lifestyle changes available.

Contact the San Diego Orthopedic Surgery center for an evaluation today.