Frozen Shoulder: How Can it Hurt this Badly

How Chiropractors Treat Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen ShoulderFrozen shoulder is a condition that causes pain and stiffness in the shoulder.  Frozen shoulder begins with trauma or surgical procedures that result in chronic inflammation of that joint – other joints are not affected.

Frozen shoulder is most likely to occur in people who are 35-50 years old. This condition severely limits the range of motion of your shoulder.  Frozen shoulder begins with inflammation that, if not treated immediately, results in scarring, thickening, and shrinkage of the joint capsule.

The treatment for this type of shoulder pain is chiropractic treatment to help restore normal range of motion and reduce inflammation, home exercises to restore strength and daily use of ice.

Frozen Shoulder: How Can it Hurt this Badly When There is Nothing Wrong?

Some of the most frustrated patients I see in my shoulder practice are those with what we call idiopathic frozen shoulder.  This is a condition where patients between the ages of 45-55 begin to experience pain in the shoulder joint.  A typical scenario is that if the symptoms are severe enough, they will have begun a course of physical therapy recommended by their primary care physician, with little or no response to this treatment.

An MRI will have been obtained to look for tendon injury or other joint problems.  Quite often these results are normal.  So here you sit in the physician’s office with this painful and stiff joint, when according to the MRI, “there is nothing wrong”?! Frozen shoulder is different from other shoulder conditions in that there usually is no injury involved, or if there is, it is minor.  It begins with painful motion, typically with activities above shoulder level.

As time progresses, so does the pain.  Individuals commonly complain of pain with rest, pain with any motions, and pain that disturbs their sleep.  This is accompanied by a gradual or sometimes dramatic loss of motion.  Common functional complaints are the inability to reach behind the back, comb their hair, or apply deodorant to the opposite shoulder.  No medications relieve this pain.  Physical therapy doesn’t prevent the loss of motion.  This painful period is termed THE FREEZING PHASE. Read more here.

Common symptoms of this shoulder pain and increasing stiffness in your shoulder, eventually making the joint difficult to move.

Frozen Shoulder

What is frozen shoulder?
Frozen shoulder (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, 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. See more here.

Some people are at a higher risk of developing this kind shoulder pain and treatment techniques purporting to cure for frozen shoulder are invariably overstating their benefits.

Common Causes & Treatment for Frozen Shoulder

If you develop such stiffness, use the below quick tips to treat Frozen Shoulder right away to prevent adhesion’s from forming.

Keep moving
Do gentle exercise of your shoulder joint if you have frozen shoulder, it is important to keep it moving. Not moving them can cause the muscles to go even more stiff.

Make massage a priority
Take 3-4 crushed cloves of garlic and heat them with mustard oil in a pan. Heat them in the pan until they turn dark brown. Allow this mixture to cool down a little bit and massage your shoulder with it. If not for oil then a gentle massage from your friend or partner also helps relieve pain

Use heat/cold compress
Either keep a cold compress or heating pad on the affected area for few minutes, several times a day or keep an ice pack. This will increase the blood flow and give immediate relaxation.

Be aware of posture
While being treated for frozen shoulder sitting or sleeping in wrong posture can only worsen. Try keeping your arms away from the body, may be you could tuck your finger in the loop of the belt or put your hands in the pocket, this can prevent the symptom from worsening. Read full article here.

Chiropractic Care Can Help A Person With Frozen Shoulder

A frozen shoulder is a shoulder joint with significant loss of its range of motion in all directions. This shoulder pain is more common in people with diabetes. The shoulder that is frozen is an extremely painful condition in which the shoulder is completely or partially unmovable (stiff).

Frozen shoulder is also called adhesive capsulitis, painful stiff shoulder, and periarteritis. This kind of shoulder pain is fairly common, affecting 2 to 5 percent of the general population. Patients with frozen shoulder are encouraged to remain active and use the affected extremity, call us here: (619) 831-8777.

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Author: Allison Yardley

Allison has 6 years in practice as a Chiropractor's Assistant and is a licensed Massage Therapist who writes for numerous blogs online. Feel free to comment or ask questions regarding any of Alley's blog posts.