Research Updates

Evidence moves on frozen shoulder treatment

Gabrielle Lis

After rigorously comparing all the relevant, good quality evidence available in 2020, a team of orthopaedics researchers have recommended IA cortisone as the treatment of choice for patients with frozen shoulder of less than one year.

Frozen shoulder, known clinically as adhesive capsulitis, is a common complaint involving spontaneous shoulder pain with progressive disability and loss of movement in the shoulder. The condition is not usually diagnosed via scan, but rather by a combination of clinical history and physical examination. Generally, there are three overlapping phases: pain that lasts for 2-9 months, stiffness that lasts for 4-12 months (the frozen phase) and recov...

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