Frozen shoulder is a musculoskeletal condition that affects the joint of the shoulder. Not only can it cause considerable pain and discomfort, but it can also restrict the range of motion in the affected joint to the point where the person is unable to move their arm at all.
The condition we know as frozen shoulder is commonly seen in orthopedic and chiropractic practices across the United States. The condition is also known as adhesive capsulitis or stiff shoulder.
Though occasionally it may have an abrupt onset, the typical onset of frozen shoulder is gradual. Initial symptoms are slow and sometimes insidious in onset, and the person affected may not notice the initial stiffness or soreness until it is affecting their sleep, activities, or quality of life in other ways.
Anyone may be affected by frozen shoulder, though it is less common among people less than 40 years old. It has an increased prevalence among people who have had a surgery or medical condition that prevents them from moving their arm for a prolonged period, such as those recovering from a stroke.
Frozen shoulder remedies are available. Perhaps the most effective frozen shoulder treatment is a combination of regular structured exercise and chiropractic care from a qualified professional chiropractor. Combining these two activities can reduce your symptoms and put you back on the path to wellness.
Frozen Shoulder Exercises
Frozen shoulder affects the muscles and tendons of the socket portion of the shoulder joint. Doing exercises to increase or maintain the range of motion in your shoulder is a great way to prevent frozen shoulder, decrease worsening symptoms, or prevent shoulder stiffness from progressing.
Some common exercises experts recommend for people with frozen shoulder, or shoulder stiffness include shoulder rolls, rotation inwards and outwards, reaches across and behind the body, and stretches that increase range of motion through using a towel or resistance band.
If you are uncertain of what exercises will most benefit you, discuss them with a physical therapist, your physician, or your chiropractor.
How Chiropractic Care Can Treat A Frozen Shoulder
Chiropractors specialize in conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. As such, they are the ideal professional to consult for a frozen shoulder.
Your chiropractor may recommend manual manipulation of the spine or shoulder to realign its nerves and ensure innervation is not worsening your pain and stiffness. They can also recommend a multimodal course of therapies that may include electrical nerve stimulation, acupuncture, massage therapy, icing and other treatment modalities depending on the severity of your frozen shoulder and any other comorbidities you may have.
Many specialists have described a period of freezing that occurs when the initial signs and symptoms of a frozen shoulder have been identified, but the full reduction of range of motion, stiffness, and soreness has not yet occurred. Similarly, there occurs a thawing stage where the injury and pain decrease, and range of motion improves.
Whether you are hoping to decrease the time it takes for your frozen shoulder to thaw, or you are experiencing a stiff shoulder for the first time and hoping to avoid a frozen shoulder, combining chiropractic treatment and exercise is the best way to increase the range of motion and decrease pain and stiffness.