A simple injection is saving patients the agony of a ‘frozen’ shoulder. The 15-minute procedure brings instant relief and could spare thousands from invasive surgery.
While steroid injections have long been given to lessen pain and improve movement in the shoulder, the new technique also stretches tissue in the joint out again, loosening it.
Up to five per cent of adults develop a frozen shoulder at some point, for reasons not fully understood. Most commonly, cases appear after a small injury which results from stretching or over-reaching.