What monitoring is required following treatment for 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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Patients with adhesive capsulitis—those who have been treated with conservative therapy and those who have had surgical intervention—should be closely monitored as outpatients. Usually, supervised or home physical therapy is a component of treatment. In addition, the patient may be taking oral corticosteroids, and so require monitoring for adverse effects. The patient should be assessed every several weeks to document progress.

The patient should be seen at 2-week intervals for the first month after surgery. Thereafter, follow-up intervals can be increased from 6 weeks to 3 months, as needed.


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