What is Frozen Shoulder?
Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a painful and debilitating condition characterized by stiffness and limited range of motion in the shoulder joint. It typically affects people between the ages of 40 and 60 and is more common in women than men. This article will discuss the causes, symptoms, and stages of frozen shoulder, and explore how chiropractic care can offer relief and support to those suffering from this condition.
Causes and Symptoms
Frozen shoulder occurs when the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint thickens and tightens, restricting movement and causing pain. The exact cause of the condition is not well understood, but it may be associated with factors such as prolonged immobilization, diabetes, and hormonal imbalances. Common symptoms include:
- Pain in the shoulder area, often worsening at night
- Stiffness and limited range of motion
- Difficulty performing daily activities, such as dressing or reaching overhead
Stages of Frozen Shoulder
There are three stages of frozen shoulder, each with varying symptoms and durations:
- Freezing Stage: Pain increases gradually and range of motion begins to decrease. This stage can last anywhere from 6 weeks to 9 months.
- Frozen Stage: Pain may subside, but stiffness remains and range of motion is significantly limited. This stage can last from 4 to 12 months.
- Thawing Stage: Range of motion gradually improves, and pain continues to decrease. The thawing stage can last from 6 months to 2 years.
Chiropractic Care for Frozen Shoulder
Chiropractic care can be an effective treatment option for individuals suffering from frozen shoulder. By focusing on improving joint mobility, reducing inflammation, and relieving pain, chiropractors can help patients regain function and movement in their shoulder. Some of the benefits of chiropractic care for frozen shoulder include:
- Gentle Adjustments: Chiropractors use specific techniques to mobilize the shoulder joint, helping to break up adhesions and restore range of motion.
- Soft Tissue Therapy: Chiropractors may employ various soft tissue techniques, such as massage and trigger point therapy, to help relax tight muscles and reduce inflammation around the shoulder joint.
- Stretching and Strengthening Exercises: Chiropractors often recommend specific stretches and strengthening exercises to help maintain joint mobility and improve overall shoulder function.
- Posture Correction: Poor posture can contribute to frozen shoulder. Chiropractors can help identify and correct postural imbalances, reducing the risk of recurrence.
Frozen shoulder is a painful and limiting condition that can significantly impact a person’s quality of life. Chiropractic care can play a vital role in the management and recovery process by addressing the underlying causes, relieving pain, and restoring mobility. If you are experiencing symptoms of frozen shoulder, consult with a qualified chiropractor to discuss your treatment options and develop a personalized care plan.
Dr. Jenny Li is America trained chiropractor who specialises in sports injury, sports performance, and spinal health. She graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in United States, upon completion of the her post graduate program she practiced in Hong Kong and currently is practicing in Singapore.