Frozen Shoulder: Cochrane Database on Arthrographic Distension Injections

Adhesive capsulitis/frozen shoulder is characterised by post-traumatic or atraumic onset of shoulder pain accompanied by progressive loss of mobility.

It is often described as being a “self-limiting condition”, except for the fact that it can persist for 1-3 years…which is an awful long time to just wait around and hope for recovery.

This  systematic review looked at a number of RCTs in order to determine the effectiveness and safety of arthrographic distension of the glenohumeral joint in patients with adhesive capsulitis.

In a Nutshell: What about safety? They reported only a few minor adverse effects, which was pain during and after the procedure.


Reference: Uppal HS1, Evans JP1, Smith C1.Frozen shoulder: A systematic review of therapeutic options.World J Orthop. 2015 Mar 18;6(2):263-8.

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