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Frozen Shoulder

After more than 18000 successful surgeries in the hand and upper extremity field, Dr. Vikas Gupta says, “we suspect frozen shoulder only after our physical examinations reveal limited active and passive shoulder movement in a patient but to rule out other possibilities too we run certain tests on the patient as frozen shoulder affects only 2% of the population. It could just be a broken bone or arthritis”

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Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) is a disorder marked by pain and loss of motion or stiffness in the shoulder. The tissues around the joint stiffen, scar tissue forms, and shoulder movements become difficult and painful.

Simply put by Dr. Vikas Gupta, the current Head, Shoulder and Hand Division, MAX Saket & Gurgaon, former  Director of the department ‘The Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery’ The Medanta Institute of Bone & Joint Disease, Gurgaon, “Though causes of frozen shoulder have still not been fully comprehended yet patients with diabetes, thyroid problems, heart disease or stroke, parkinson’s disease or patients with previous history of shoulder or arm surgery or fracture are more likely to suffer from it and is a condition that commonly occurs in people between 40 to 60 years of age. Women tend to suffer with frozen shoulder more than men.”

You should consult an orthopedic if you think you have a frozen shoulder, or if you have persistent shoulder pain that limits your movement.

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With Dr. Vikas Gupta being an eminent presence at various conferences and workshops to present lectures/ papers, some complex cases who have been treated by him believe he is one of the most efficient surgeons in this field in India today.

Talking about treatment options and techniques Dr. Gupta stresses, “Initially we dwell on certain gentle, progressive range-of-motion exercises, stretching and advising the patient to use their shoulder more and also prescribe pain-relieving and anti- inflammatory drugs or injections to reduce the pain and inflammation depending on the severity of the problem.”

Surgery for frozen shoulder is usually considered only after a concerted effort at all other conservative treatments have failed. Usually two surgeries are performed. One is called manipulation under anesthesia where you are put to sleep and then your arm is moved into positions that stretch the tight tissue. In the other surgery we use an arthroscope to cut through tight tissues and scar tissue. These surgeries can both be done at the same time. Most patients have good outcomes with these procedures.”

An experience holder of 25 years in this field Dr. Gupta strictly emphasizes on the skill and expertise of the surgeon that performs the surgery to avoid complications.

FAQ – Frozen Shoulder

What is meant by frozen shoulder?

When there is extreme pain and stiffness in your shoulder due to which the movements of your shoulder become limited or restricted, it is termed as frozen shoulder medically also known as Adhesive Capsulitis.

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