What is the role NSAIDs in the treatment of frozen shoulder syndrome (FSS) (adhesive capsulitis)?

Updated: Nov 12, 2020
  • Author: Jefferson R Roberts, MD; Chief Editor: S Ashfaq Hasan, MD  more...
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Various authors have reported an inflammatory component to frozen shoulder syndrome, especially early in the course of the disease. Therefore, the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be helpful in patients with recent-onset symptoms. With diminished inflammation and pain, the patient is better able to tolerate physical therapy. Before prescribing any medication, however, the clinician should query the patient about any contraindications to NSAIDs.

NSAIDs have not been demonstrated to be of great efficacy in individuals who present with prolonged symptoms. They have not been shown to improve pain or function compared with placebo. [12]

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