Author(s): S. Lakshmi Narayana1, Ch. Vamsi Krishna2
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
To study the efficacy of hydraulic distension under local anaesthesia in the management of frozen shoulder. To study the age and sex distribution of frozen shoulder.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
50 Patients with 54 shoulders of frozen shoulder syndrome, 4 cases with bilateral shoulder involvement were studied. A detailed history was elicited with particular reference to frozen shoulder (as shown in the proforma). A preliminary general physical examination was done.
Fifty patients with 54 shoulders of frozen shoulder syndrome were treated with hydraulic distension under local anaesthesia. The maximum and minimum age in this study was found to be 85 years and 41 years respectively. The average age of the patients in this study was calculated as 54.16 years. Out of 50 patients followed up, 32 were females and 18 were males. The Female: Male ratio was 1.77:1. In this series, 4 patients had bilateral involvement. In 17 patients, side involved was the dominant that is right arm. In 29 cases, the left arm that is non-dominant arm was involved. Associated conditions in this series are 7 patients had diabetes mellitus, 4 patients had hypertension, 5 patients had osteoarthritis of knee, 2 had peptic ulcer, 1 pulmonary Koch’s and 1 had bilateral cataract.
Concomitant home exercises program is a must and is the hallmark of success following hydraulic distension. Hydraulic distension is a safe, reliable, cost effective without requiring specialised equipment in the management of frozen shoulder.