Chiropractic for Frozen Shoulder

  • Overview

    Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis) is pain, stiffness and a loss of range of motion (ROM) of the shoulder due to scar tissue forming around the joint. The loss of range of motion will be with both active (you moving the shoulder) and passive (doctor moving the shoulder) movements. The loss of passive ROM is a critical diagnostic factor that separates it from other shoulder conditions such as Bursitis, Tendonitis or Rotator Cuff tears. Frozen Shoulder is most common in Post-Menopausal Females, 40-60 year-old. Classically, symptoms of primary frozen shoulder have been divided into three phases: painful, stiffening, and thawing which can take years to progress to the next stage.

  • Symptoms

    The symptoms of Frozen Shoulder may include:
    – Loss of both active and passive range of motion
    – Pain upon movement of the shoulder

  • Causes

    There are multiple cause of Frozen Shoulder such as Idiopathic (cause not know), after an injury, broken bone or surgery. Whatever the cause is the stages will always be the same.
    Stage One: The freezing or painful stage, which may last from six weeks to nine months and in which the patient has a slow onset of pain. As the pain worsens, the shoulder loses motion.
    Stage two: The frozen or adhesive stage is marked by a slow improvement in pain but the stiffness remains. This stage generally lasts from four to nine months.
    Stage three: The thawing or recovery, when shoulder motion slowly returns toward normal. This generally lasts from 5 to 26 months.

  • Therapy

    Management of Shoulder Impingement will include Chiropractic Adjustments of the shoulder and cervical spine. The Doctors of Chiropractic will also give you exercises aimed at increasing range of motion and loosening the tightened tissue around the joint complex.