Arthroscopic distension in the management of frozen shoulder

Int Orthop. 1991;15(2):79-83. doi: 10.1007/BF00179702.


We report a prospective study comparing the results of treatment for frozen shoulder by manipulation and physiotherapy, arthroscopic distension and physiotherapy, and physiotherapy alone in 75 patients. The first two gave better results than physiotherapy alone and we recommend arthroscopic distension as a good alternative to manipulation. It is more controllable and gives valuable information about the pathological lesions in the joint.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arthroscopy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Manipulation, Orthopedic
  • Middle Aged
  • Periarthritis / therapy*
  • Physical Therapy Modalities
  • Prospective Studies
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Shoulder Joint* / physiology