Frozen Shoulder

frozen shoulder

Adhesive capsulitis, or frozen shoulder, is a condition caused by stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. While signs and symptoms begin gradually, they worsen over time and then resolve. It can take anywhere from one to three years.

If you suffered from a stroke or needed a mastectomy, procedures that prevent you from moving your arm, you are at risk of developing frozen shoulder.

Frozen shoulder treatments generally include range-of-motion exercises and regenerative medicine. Injectable therapies like Platelet-Rich Plasma and Bone Marrow Concentrate are inserted directly into the joint capsule.

In small instances, arthroscopic surgery may cure joint capsule stiffness. However, thanks to regenerative medicine, most patients can avoid surgical procedures.

After frozen shoulder has healed, it is rare for it to occur in the same joint. Although, some people report developing it in the opposite shoulder.

Frozen Shoulder Symptoms:

Typically, there are three stages in frozen shoulder. Furthermore, it is reported that each stage can last a number of months:

  • Freezing Stage:
    • Shoulder movement is painful and range of motion is limited
  • Frozen Stage:
    • The shoulder becomes stiffer and using it becomes more difficult. Although, pain may begin to diminish during this stage
  • Thawing Stage:
    • Your range of motion improves
In most cases, pain worsens at night and can disrupt sleep.

Frozen Shoulder Causes:

The shoulder join, comprised of bones, ligaments, and tendons, is encased in a capsule of connective tissue. Injury may lead to frozen shoulder. The capsule thickens and tightens around the shoulder joint. This causes movement restriction.

This condition is more likely to occur in people who have diabetes and those who recently had to immobilize their arms for a long period. However, doctors aren’t entirely sure why this happens to certain people.


Most treatments for this condition involve controlling pain and maintaining range of motion.

Metropolitan Pain Consultants offers two forms of regenerative medicine to alleviate pain. By rejuvenating the damaged joint, your range of motion will also increase.

Both Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) are injectable therapies that utilize a patients blood to improve injuries. Your pain specialist will remove a sample of blood (PRP) or adult stem cells (BMC) and collect it in a vial. Following this, the doctor places the sample in a centrifuge where it becomes a powerful concentrate. Finally, the specialist injects the concentrate into the shoulder joint capsule.

The growth factors found in PRP and the stem cells in BMC flood the damaged area and rejuvenates tissue. They stimulate the bodies own response to healing injuries. Regenerative medicine is a safe nonsurgical alternative to pain relief.

If you suffer from these symptoms and would like an evaluation, contact us at 201-729-0001. Our nonsurgical alternatives may be right for you. We offer weekday and weekend appointments. You can find us in West OrangeAberdeenClifton, and Lyndhurst.

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