Frozen Shoulder Specialists in Orange County

Dr. Cheng,

Jesse from Orange. I had a fall last year on my right shoulder and I think I might have a
frozen shoulder. I can't lift it very high and I can't reach my back hip pocket at all. I have
problems dressing and I feel like I'm hiking my shoulder up whenever I want to lift my
arm. Do you think I have a frozen shoulder?

                                                                                             Jesse, Orange - Orange County


It's difficult to say if you have a frozen shoulder or not based on what you're telling me. You
could have a torn rotator cuff and it could behave like a frozen shoulder. What you're
describing sounds like a frozen shoulder but it can also be other things as well. The best
thing to do in your situation is to see your physician for a closer look. What they will
probably do to rule out a torn rotator cuff is order an MRI for you. If that comes back
negative, then you have a frozen shoulder. If it comes back positive for a rotator cuff tear,
then you might need surgery to repair it. Either case, see your doctor soon.

                                                                                 Dr. Cheng, Anaheim - Orange County

Dr. Cheng,

I'm from Fullerton. I had shoulder surgery last year and my shoulder is now "frozen".  I
can't reach above my head and I can't reach back at all. I don't have pain but I'm really
concerned about what's going to happen to my shoulder if this continues. Should I see
the surgeon again or find a physical therapist for my frozen shoulder?

                                                                                      Deborah, Fullerton - Orange County


It sounds like you do have a frozen shoulder. I would definitely try to find a therapist who
understands and knows how to treat frozen shoulder. It's less invasive and the success
rate is pretty high if you have the right treatment. If you don't see any progress after a few
months, then you probably should go back to the surgeon for further examination. In your
case, the most likely procedure your surgeon will do is a shoulder manipulation. What this
is basically is forcing  your shoulder to move into the previously restricted range while
you're sedated. I have seen great success with this procedure for my patients.

For more information on our Frozen Shoulder program, give us a call.

Dr. Cheng, Anaheim - Orange County

If you have a frozen shoulder and you live in Orange County, please give us a call so we
can help you get rid of your shoulder pain. Knight Physical Therapy has 2 locations to
serve you in Orange County.  

Garden Grove office is only minutes away from Orange, Santa Ana, Westminster,
Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos, Tustin, Irvine, and most of Central
Orange County.

We specialize in helping patients get rid of chronic and acute shoulder pain associated
with  frozen shoulder with our unique treatment approach. We use a combination of
acupressure, deep-tissue massage, stretching, and stabilizing exercises to melt your
shoulder pain away.

Call today for an immediate appointment with one of our doctors.

Garden Grove 714-750-4097
Frozen Shoulder - Orange County

As the name implies, movement of the shoulder is severely restricted in people with a
"frozen shoulder". This condition, which doctors call adhesive capsulitis, is frequently
caused by injury that leads to lack of use due to pain. Rheumatic disease progression and
recent shoulder surgery can also cause frozen shoulder. Intermittent periods of use may
cause inflammation.

Adhesions (abnormal bands of tissue) grow between the joint surfaces, restricting motion.
There is also a lack of synovial fluid, which normally lubricates the gap between the arm
bone and socket to help the shoulder joint move. It is this restricted space between the
capsule and ball of the humerus that distinguishes adhesive capsulitis from a less
complicated painful, stiff shoulder.

People with diabetes, stroke, lung disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and heart disease, or
who have been in an accident, are at a higher risk for frozen shoulder. The condition rarely
appears in people under the age of 40.