Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Francis X. Mendoza Offers Effective Treatments for Adhesive Capsulitis

New York orthopaedic surgeon discusses frozen shoulder treatments and causes for "Frozen shoulder"

New York (I-Newswire) December 26, 2013 - Adhesive Capsulitis, better known as "Frozen shoulder," is a condition in which the capsule of the corrective tissue that surrounds the shoulder thickens and tightens around the joint, causing extremely limited movement within the joint. Aside from being extremely painful, this condition often results in the arm being immobile. Fortunately, orthopaedic surgeons such as Dr. Francis X. Mendoza are able to treat these conditions efficiently.

Dr. Mendoza explains that frozen shoulder is a common condition that will cause a sufferer to experience pain and a limited range of motion that will gradually become worse with time. Dr. Mendoza adds that the exact cause of this condition is unknown, and it is still unclear why some people are more likely to develop the condition than others. The condition is most commonly seen in adults over the age of 40, and it occurs in women more often than men. Frozen shoulder is also more common in patients with certain illnesses, such as diabetes, than in patients without any significant health issues.

According to Dr. Mendoza, the most common sign of frozen shoulder is the patient being completely unable to move their shoulder. Usually, a doctor can diagnose this condition simply by evaluating the patient's symptoms, though further tests, such as an X-Ray or MRI, are usually ordered to rule out other shoulder conditions.

Frozen shoulder develops in three stages. The first stage is known as the "Freezing stage," during which the patient begins to develop severe shoulder pains, and starts to lose the ability to comfortably move the shoulder. This stage usually lasts several weeks or months before developing into the "Frozen stage," in which pain begins to improve, though the shoulder remains extremely stiff. During this stage, a patient's daily activities will become extremely difficult, since they can often barely move their arm. Finally, during the "Thawing stage," a patient's ability to move their arm comfortably will return, and the pain in their shoulder will diminish. This final stage may take several months, or in some cases, several years.

Dr. Mendoza says that treatment for frozen shoulder usually focuses on managing a patient's symptoms. He usually recommends treatments, such as steroid injections and over-the-counter pain relievers that will help relieve a patient's discomfort. Most cases of frozen shoulder will heal within a year, although Dr. Mendoza says that a minimally-invasive surgery may be performed if the condition does not heal, and nothing else relieves the condition. Dr. Mendoza says that surgery will help stretch out the stiffened joint capsule, relieving pain and restoring movement to the shoulder.

Dr. Mendoza says that recovery from the surgery will likely take several weeks, and that physical therapy will likely be necessary to help restore the range of motion that patient had prior to developing frozen shoulder. While recovery from this condition is often a slow process, Dr. Mendoza works closely with each of his patients, ensuring they receive the best care possible.

Dr. Mendoza practices in New York, NY. Interested parties are encouraged to find out more at http://www.fxmendozamd.com.

About Dr. Mendoza

Dr. Francis Mendoza graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and completed orthopaedic and shoulder training at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. He has served as the Director of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, and is a member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, the Mid-Atlantic Shoulder and Elbow Society, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Using his extensive knowledge in shoulder and elbow orthopaedics, Dr. Mendoza also teaches residents and practicing orthopaedic surgeons advanced surgical techniques and has been recognized as a top shoulder surgeon by Castle Connolly and by consumer groups. Dr. Mendoza offers expertise and experience in treating various orthopaedic injuries and provides patients with top-of-the-line treatment.

Dr. Mendoza can be reached at 212.628.9600 in New York, NY, and interested parties can also visit his website at http://www.fxmendozamd.com.


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Francis X. Mendoza
333 East 56th Street, Ofc 1
Phone : 212-628-9600

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