I am a 42-year-old woman who recently developed pains that my family doctor called “frozen shoulder.” He prescribed some pain relievers, but he didn’t do much else for me. Is there any effective treatment? H.V., Karmiel
Dr. Ehud Atoun, head of the shoulder surgery and sports medicine unit at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, replies:
Frozen shoulder is a disease that causes pain and increasing limitations in active movement (by the patient) and passive movement (when someone else tries to move it) of the shoulder. The medical term is adhesive capsulitis. The limitation may continue for many years and disrupt daily functioning because of difficulty in making circular motions with the hand at shoulder height.