Shoulder Hydrodilatation - 90% success rate
A frozen shoulder is a painful stiff shoulder which can occur after minor injury or with no specific cause. Patients with diabetes are at a higher risk of getting frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis).
How is it diagnosed?
A health professional needs to examine your shoulder along with a clinic history to determine if you have a frozen shoulder. An ultrasound of the shoulder is done to exclude other causes of a painful stiff shoulder.
Hydrodilatation is an excellent technique to treat a frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis). Combined with a good physiotherapy regimen, it can have a success rate of upto to 90% in improving symptoms.
Using ultrasound guidance, the shoulder joint capsule is distended with fluid to break away the adhesions and free up the shoulder and improve movement. The shoulder joint is injected with a combination of local anaesthetic, steroid and saline which can equate to approximately 40ml of fluid into the joint to achieve good distension.
Our radiologists have extensive experience in doing this procedure which can done using x-ray or ultrasound.
We would require a referral from a health professional to carry out this procedure.
There is no specific preparation for the treatment. You should not drive for 24 hours after the procedure.