Adam Seidl, MD - Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon - Shoulder and Elbow Specialist

Adam Seidl, MDBoard Certified Orthopaedic SurgeonShoulder and Elbow Specialist

Frozen Shoulder Release

PHASE I: Maintain ROM (0 to 6 weeks)

  • May remove dressing and shower postop day # 3.
  • Sutures are all underneath the skin and will dissolve on their own
  • Ice or cold flow systems encouraged for the first week at a minimum: should be used 3-4 times per day.
  • Sling should be used for comfort only.
  • Pulleys or Continuous Passive Motion (CPM) machine to be used 3-5 times per day.
  • Supplement exercise program 3 times per day:
    • Immediate elbow, forearm and hand range of motion out of sling
    • Pendulum exercises
    • Aggressive PROM and capsular mobility in all planes
  • Supervised PROM and capsular stretching 3 times per week.
  • May start active scapular mobility exercises immediately.
  • Initiate AROM when tolerated.

PHASE II: Restore Function (>6 weeks)

  • Initiate gentle rotator cuff strengthening (Theraband, dumbbells, etc)
  • Continue scapular stabilizer strengthening.
  • Avoid strengthening in positions of impingement.

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Location Map

  • Orthopedics - University of Colorado Hospital

    1635 Aurora Ct
    4th Floor
    Aurora, CO 80045

  • UCHealth Lone Tree Clinic

    9548 Park Meadows Dr
    Lone Tree, CO 80124

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  • Western Orthopaedic Association logo
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