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

Adam Seidl, MDBoard Certified Orthopaedic SurgeonShoulder and Elbow Specialist

Capsular Release (Frozen Shoulder)

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 firstweek at a minimum: should be used 3-4 times per day.
  • Sling should be used for comfort only.
  • Scapular ROM exercises.
  • 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

  • Highlands Ranch Hospital

    1500 Park Central Dr #401,
    Highlands Ranch,CO 80129

  • UCHealth Steadman Hawkins Clinic Denver

    175 Inverness Drive West, Suite 200,
    Englewood, CO 80112

Credibility Logos

  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery logo
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons logo
  • American Shoulder And Elbow Surgeons logo
  • Western Orthopaedic Association logo
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Moon Shoulder