Frozen Shoulder Treatment in Waterford, MI
Adhesive capsulitis, more commonly known as Frozen Shoulder, is a condition that causes pain, stiffness, limited mobility, and even numbness in shoulders. Its cause is the thickening of scar tissue around the shoulder that causes inflammation, but the reason for this thickening process is not well understood. The resulting pressure can cause chronic pain and dramatically reduced shoulder mobility.
Frozen Shoulder usually appears very gradually, over the course of a few years, causing patients to put off treatment as the change is so slow. Unfortunately, Frozen Shoulder is very slow to fade on its own, and symptoms may take years to disappear fully. Risk factors for Frozen Shoulder include strokes, diabetes, and physical injuries, and patients over the age of 40 are much more susceptible.
In its initial stage, Frozen Shoulder is usually just painful; the stiffness develops later on as the inflamed tissue starts to “freeze” into place. This change in symptoms can be perplexing for patients, who may simply assume the stiffness is a natural result of old age. As the condition develops, patients may also have trouble sleeping due to the discomfort or may experience changes in posture, exacerbating the pain.
The initial stage of Frozen Shoulder treatment can include anti-inflammatory drugs, acupuncture, and even electrical therapy to reduce pain. The later stages’ stiffness and limited mobility are best treated by breaking up the scar tissue. Chiropractors can use massage therapy and the Graston Technique, which is a special process for restoring mobility to areas affected by scar tissue. Once the shoulder begins to heal, patients must continue exercise and stretch to encourage the shoulder to regain its flexibility.
Since Frozen Shoulder is a complex condition with a range of possible symptoms, it’s important to visit an experienced chiropractor who can properly diagnose it. It’s your life, live it in health.
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