Frozen Shoulder Treatment: Understanding the Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Frozen shoulder aka Adhesive Capsulitis affects nearly 3% of the adult population at one time or another.Most cases occur in people between the ages of 50 and 70 and it affects more women than men.
Frozen shoulder occurs when the connective tissues surrounding the shoulder joint become inflamed, thickened, and more rigid. This causes intense pain that typically worsens over time. It generally begins with a dull ache that gradually progresses to a severe burning sensation or sharp throbbing pain with simple movements such as raising your arm above your head or reaching
behind you. As the condition progresses, stiffness around the joint increases until finally, you may be unable to move your arm at all. It may cause sleep disturbance as every little movement hurts and it can be difficult to sleep on the affected side.
Chiropractic care is an effective treatment option for those suffering from a frozen shoulder By combining soft tissue manipulation with stretching exercises, deep massage and trigger point therapy chiropractors have been successful in treating
many cases of frozen shoulder quickly and effectively without resorting to invasive surgery or long-term medication use.
The function of the neck, upper spine and rib cage also needs to be assessed as these areas are working hard to try to compensate for the lack of mobility in the shoulder joint. Home exercises will usually be prescribed.
If left untreated, it will in most cases resolve itself but this generally takes around 2 years! Chiropractic treatment aims to get it better much quicker than that.