What Is Frozen Shoulder?
Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that causes severe restriction of motion and pain in the shoulder joint. When a patient develops a frozen shoulder the capsule surrounding the joint contracts and bands of scar tissue are formed within the joint. This causes the shoulder to become very stiff and movement to become painful.
Who Does Frozen Shoulder Affect?
Frozen Shoulder usually affects women more than men and often occurs between the ages of 40-60 years. Patients will have a severe loss of motion in the shoulder joint with pain that can travel down the arm and into the wrist. Usually the pain is dull and achy but can become sharp and severe with sudden movements. Lying on the affected side and lifting the arm above the head can cause the pain to become worse, making sleep and daily activities difficult.
What Causes Frozen Shoulder Syndrome?
There are several usual causes for Frozen Shoulder Syndrome:
1) Failure to properly treat the shoulder after trauma or surgery.
2) Long periods of immobilization.
3) Although frozen shoulder is not a form of arthritis it can be caused by arthritis in the neck and/or shoulder.
4) Often there is no known injury or cause and in these cases poor postural alignment of the shoulder girdle and head and neck can increase pressures on the shoulder leading to pain, inflammation and possible frozen shoulder over time.
Examination Procedures for the Diagnosis of Frozen Shoulder
Although there are no specific tests for frozen shoulder, your doctor of chiropractic should perform:
- Specific orthopedic tests for the shoulder.
- X-rays of the shoulder and cervical spine (neck).
- Possibly an MRI to rule out other underlying and/or contributing conditions of the tissues.
- Postural evaluation of the shoulder, ribcage, and head/neck.
Chiropractic Treatments For Frozen Shoulder
At Total Health Chiropractic we have consistently had fantastic results with our clients experiencing frozen shoulder. We use shoulder joint and neck mobilization techniques together with neck extension traction to reduce the pressure on the shoulder region. Home range of motion and spinal flexibility and stability exercises ensure that our results are not short lived.
If you suffer from this painful and debilitating condition call our office to schedule an examination. If you need any further information do not hesitate to give us a call or you may request a free initial consult with the doctor.
At first I didn’t believe that it was a neck problem that was causing my frozen shoulder as it seemed completely unrelated. However, when Dr Tim explained my X-rays to me it seemed plausible so I gave their treatment a go.
After a slow start I saw some real changes starting in the third week and I lifted my arm higher than I had managed for over a year. We are now three months into the treatment and I have regained about 75% of my original movement and the pain is about 90% gone.
For me this is amazing as I’d all but given up and was starting to think of surgical options which scared me greatly. Thank you so much for your skill and determination, I feel that you have saved me from something really terrible.
ST - Ireland