What is frozen shoulder?
Frozen should (adhesive capsulitis) is stiffness, pain, and limited range of movement in your shoulder. It may happen after an injury or overuse or from a disease such as diabetes or a stroke. The tissues around the joint stiffen, scar tissue forms, and shoulder movements become difficult and painful. The condition usually comes on slowly, and then goes away slowly over the course of a year or more.
What causes frozen shoulder?
Frozen shoulder can develop when you stop using the joint normally because of pain, injury, or a chronic health condition, such as diabetes or a stroke. Any shoulder problem can lead to frozen shoulder if you do not work to keep full range of motion.
Frozen shoulder occurs:
After surgery or injury.
Most often in people 40 to 70 years old.
More often in women (especially in postmenopausal women) than in men.
Most often in people with chronic diseases.
How is frozen shoulder diagnosed?
Your doctor may suspect frozen shoulder if a physical exam reveals limited shoulder movement. An x-ray may be done to see whether symptoms are from another condition such as arthritis or a broken bone.
How is it treated and can it be prevented?
Chiropractic treatment works very well for this condition, treating not only the shoulder joint where the pain is located, but also the vertebral column.
Once full range of normal movement of your shoulder is achieved, you can start reinforcing your shoulder with gentle, progressive range of motion specific home exercises. Daily shoulder exercises and good posture are essential in order to avoid a relapse. After initially having resolved your frozen shoulder, you may notice some limitation of movement. Early treatment still remains the best option, but even with chronic frozen shoulder, chiropractic treatment results in the most effective pain reduction and better shoulder mobility.