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Chiropractic Adjustments for Frozen Shoulder

Mark Williams Nov 30, 2017

Chiropractic adjustmentThe team at Texas Injury Clinic prides itself on offering advanced pain relief and physical rehabilitation treatments. Countless patients in and around Fort Worth have benefited from chiropractic services at our practice. Restoring spinal function can promote greater general health and wellness.

Chiropractic care is more than just spinal treatment, however. Conditions in other parts of the body can be helped thanks to chiropractic care. With this in mind, let's consider how patients with frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) may benefit from chiropractic care.

What Is a Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)?

Frozen shoulder is a condition that causes pain, stiffness, and issues with movement around the shoulder joint. The condition is caused by a hardening of the connective tissue that surrounds the shoulder joint. As this occurs, the usual movement of the shoulder is adversely affected.

It's been estimated that 2 percent of the population suffers from frozen shoulder. The condition is most common in people between the ages of 40 and 60. People who suffer from medical conditions that result in reduced movement of an arm (e.g., stroke) tend to be more at risk for developing frozen shoulder.

The Stages of Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder has three distinct stages, each with their own symptoms of issues. The three stages are as follows:

  • Freezing Stage – During the freezing stage, people notice that it hurts to move the shoulder. Eventually, the shoulder movement is reduced. This stage can last anywhere between 6 months to 9 months.

  • Frozen Stage – The frozen stage involves worse pain and stiffness in the shoulder, which can impact daily activities. This stage can last anywhere between 4 months to an entire year.

  • Thawing Stage – The thawing stage involves a gradual reduction of pain and stiffness in the shoulder. Thawing of the shoulder joint can last anywhere between 6 months and two years.

How Chiropractic Adjustment Can Help

While many people think that chiropractic care is solely focused on the spine, regular adjustments can help with mobility and pain relief in other parts of the body as well. The body is an interconnected machine, and chiropractors always focus on total bodily function when performing an adjustment.

No matter if a patient is in the freezing, frozen, or thawing stage of the condition, a chiropractor can address the motion of the arm. Slowly working the upper back, neck, and shoulder joint, a chiropractor can help restore motion to the shoulder and relieve pain associated with shoulder movement.

The Results of Chiropractic Care for Frozen Shoulder

Chiropractic care may not cure frozen shoulder outright, but it may be able to encourage greater motion during the freezing stage, reduce the duration of the frozen stage, and improve the patient's experience during the thawing stage. Adjustments during any of these stages can help patients feel more relaxed, which in turn can lead to reduced pain and greater use of the shoulder.

Additional Therapies to Consider

Chiropractic care is just one option to consider when it comes to proper care of frozen shoulder. Patients can also consider taking over-the-counter pain medications, the use of corticosteroid injections, acupuncture, and other therapies. We can discuss all of your potential options for treatment as part of a consultation.

Contact Texas Injury Clinic

For more information about pain relief and helping improve your overall health and mobility, be sure to contact the team at Texas Injury Clinic today. The team here will develop a custom treatment plan that will address your wellness needs.

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