At Studio Chiropratico Williams we often see patients that suffer with shoulder pain and other shoulder problems. A common shoulder problem we see is frozen shoulder also known as adhesive capsulitis. This condition affects the shoulder joint and usually involves a gradual development of pain and stiffness and limited motion in all directions. Without treatment, this painful condition can resolve within one to three years. With chiropractic care, the healing process is much faster and the condition can be resolved in much less time.
What is a frozen shoulder?
The bones, tendons and ligaments that make up your shoulder joint are encased in a capsule of connective tissue. Frozen shoulder happens when these tissues thickens and tightens around the shoulder joint which limits the movement causing inflammation and pain.
What are the symptoms of frozen shoulder?
The main symptoms of a frozen shoulder are pain and stiffness. These symptoms make it difficult or even impossible to move the shoulder. The pain could be worse at night which makes it difficult to sleep.
Frozen shoulder generally consist of three stages:
- The freezing stage: when the pain starts and motion becomes limited
- The frozen stage: the shoulder becomes stiffer and harder to move
- The thawing stage: when the pain and stiffness begin to lessen
What causes frozen shoulder?
Doctors are unsure as to why this happens to some people. Frozen shoulder is more likely to occur in people who suffer with diabetes or those who must immobilize thier shoulder for a long period of time. Immobility may be the result of a rotator cuff injury, broken arm, stroke, or recovery from surgery.
Frozen shoulder and Chiropractic
While pain medications and corticosteroid injections are a common medical treatment, Dott.ssa Williams finds that chiropractic care can also help. In a recent study, it was shown that most patients with frozen shoulder improved with chiropractic treatment. In some cases, chiropractic treatment has been shown to completely alleviate frozen shoulder symptoms and patients completely recover from the pain and stiffness.
Stretches/Exercises for frozen shoulder
Stretching exercises help in the treatment of frozen shoulder. Before performaing your exercises, always warm up your shoulder. The best way to do that is to take a warm shower for 10 minutes. You can also use a heating pad or warm compress if you prefer.
While performing the following exercises, stretch to the point of tension but not pain. Always listen to your body. If something hurts, don’t do it!
1. Arm circles
2. Arm up and down
While these exercises are simple enough to perform at home, if the pain continues and makes it hard to move or work, see a chiropractor. A chiropractor can help you to improve the shoulder mobility, strength and flexibility so you can overcome the pain and feel better. When you move better, you feel better. And when you feel better, you live better!