Chiropractor Helps With Frozen Shoulder Syndrome

26 Dec Chiropractor Helps With Frozen Shoulder Syndrome

It can be an odd thing to suddenly find you have shoulder pain with no injury and without being able to pin down a reason. The pain can stop you from moving your arm(s), which then causes your shoulders to stiffen up and lose your range of motion.

You may find yourself having to ask for help when it came to reaching above your head or when reaching for something directly in front of you. Even daily tasks like dressing or brushing your teeth can be difficult. The arm loses its ability to rotate and as a result, everyday activities become hard and often impossible. Frozen shoulder generally will affect just one arm, although your other arm can also develop frozen therapy.

Frozen Shoulder Symptoms

•    Shoulder pain
•    Stiffness
•    Loss of shoulder motion
•    Inability to raise your arm(s)

Cause of Frozen Shoulder

The progression of frozen shoulder is understood, but the actual underlying cause is not. Frozen shoulder begins with inflammation of the shoulder’s joint capsule, which holds the shoulder bones to each other using ligaments. When these ligaments become inflamed it causes you to have shoulder pain and as time passes, it reduces your range of motion. Eventually the shoulder actually is frozen and you are unable to move it.

Frozen Shoulder Facts

Often found in people who:

•    Are between the ages of 40 and 70
•    Have a shoulder injury
•    Have had shoulder surgery
•    Have diabetes, hyperthyroidism or heart disease
•    Are postmenopausal women
•    Have cervical disk subluxations and/or disease
•    Have a chronic disease

Medical doctors after examining the frozen shoulder will often order an x-ray or MRI to determine if it is caused by another reason such as arthritis. If your doctor determines you have frozen shoulder then he/she will often suggest one or more of the following: daily physical therapy, NSAIDs, steroid injections and sometimes surgery.

Another option is to see a chiropractor. Some even specialize in the treatment of frozen shoulder. The chiropractor will exam your shoulder and spine to determine if you have a frozen shoulder. Your chiropractor will test laterally by asking you to raise your arm to the side and raise your arm forward.

The chiropractor may decide an adjustment of your spine and shoulder is in order. Frozen shoulder adjustments can be painful, even though usually chiropractic adjustments are pain free. The first adjustment will give you the most correction and as a result, there may be an increase in pain right after. Usually it calms down in just a couple of minutes. Once the pain subsides, your chiropractor will retest your range of motion. That one adjustment can lead to an increase in motion by as much as 50 percent.

Exercises will then be recommended that will help to improve the how effective the adjustments are. Your chiropractor will schedule additional adjustments although the increase in range of motion will be smaller than that first adjustment provides.

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