Frozen Hip Joint Treatment in Garden City, MI
What Is a Frozen Hip Joint?
The human hip serves critical functions in overall physical balance and motion. A frozen hip joint, or adhesive capsulitis, is a painful condition resulting in a restricted range of hip motion.
Most frequently experienced by women over age 40, this syndrome can be caused by chronic shrinking, thickening, and scarring of the capsule that encases the hip. It can result from surgery or from trauma, such as a fracture leading to prolonged immobilization of the joint. In many cases, however, there is no obvious antecedent to the condition.
Michigan Chiropractic Specialists offer frozen hip joint treatment to help alleviate this debilitating problem.
Stages of Frozen Hip Joint
There are typically three stages to a frozen hip joint. In the first 2-9 months, there is a gradual onset of diffuse pain and stiffness, although the range of motion is initially preserved. Discomfort is often more severe at night, and it progresses to continual pain. This pain is often exacerbated by cold, vibration, psychological stress, and even changes in the weather.
In the second or “frozen” stage, which can last nine months or more, pain dulls but the range of motion becomes increasingly affected, interfering with the patient’s quality of life.
The final “thawing” stage sees the return of motion range, but many patients will not make a full recovery without assistance.
Frozen Hip Joint Treatment
From a medical standpoint, options for frozen hip joint treatment can be unattractive and uncomfortable for patients and can take up to three years to produce results. Medical interventions may include steroid injections, arthroscopic surgery, and the physical manipulation and breaking up of adhesions causing the frozen joint. Medical doctors may also rely on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or other painkillers to manage the condition. All these options have potentially harmful side effects that patients may want to avoid.
Michigan Chiropractic Specialists offer a range of safe, non-invasive options for frozen hip joint treatment. Ultrasound and low-level electrical stimulation can alleviate pain and help restore proper joint function. Your chiropractor can also help with physical manipulation techniques, stretching, and exercises that can bring relief to a frozen hip joint and reduce restricted motion range.
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