Shoulder Joint Pain

Lysis Adhesions/Manipulation

Lysis of adhesions and manipulation is performed to cut away capsular tissue that was restricting the shoulder joint and limiting your range of motion. This procedure involves removing scar tissue around the shoulder joint to restore range of motion and eliminate stiffness in the arm and shoulder.

Reasons Why Lysis of Adhesions and Manipulation is Performed

This type of arthroscopic shoulder surgery is often performed when a patient has a condition known as ‘frozen shoulder’ where there is a gradual onset of pain in the shoulder and difficulty locating the root cause of pain. The shoulder can become very stiff and reaching overhead or behind the back can become difficult.

This procedure is performed to:

  • Alleviate shoulder pain and stiffness
  • Increase range of motion
  • Release scar tissue that has built up around the shoulder

How Lysis of Adhesions and Manipulation

Your surgeon will make small incisions to insert an arthroscopic camera into the shoulder. This acts as a small portal to provide access to the treatment area. We will pass a series of small surgical instruments through a second incision or portal to release the tissue and restore range of motion in the shoulder joint.

Recovery after Lysis Adhesions/Manipulation

Patients undergoing this type of arthroscopic shoulder surgery will need to wear a sling until the nerve block wears off. It is important to start using the arm for daily activities to prevent stiffness and to restore range of motion. If you are still in pain or experience some discomfort, you can apply ice to the shoulder area to help with the discomfort. Physical therapy may be necessary to restore full range of motion. These exercises can be performed at home several days a week.

Learn more about lysis adhesions and manipulation procedures in Las Vegas by scheduling your appointment with one of our surgeons today.