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Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder - treatment

The term frozen shoulder encompasses a wide variety of restrictive shoulder disorders and can also be referred to as adhesive capsulitis, adherent bursitis, pericapsulitis, obliterative bursitis and periarthritis. Regardless of what it is called, manipulation of the joint and physiotherapy are needed to resolve the lack of mobility.

Chiropractic care for frozen shoulder in Grimsby 

Frozen shoulder is a nightmare! You really can't appreciate how important and how much you use your shoulders until you suffer with frozen shoulder. Frozen shoulder is literally as it says 'Frozen', the movement from the shoulder completely disappears. Frozen shoulder can sometimes be known as adhesive capsulitis, and is something that affects 3 out of every 100. 

The first thing that most people notice is pain in the shoulder and stiffness. It is a condition that can really affect anyone at any time, but most commonly is diagnosed in people between 40 and 70 years of age. Women are slightly more inclined to suffer with frozen shoulder than men. 

The shoulder is unique in it's ability to give us a huge range of motion, which allows us to move our arm and hand in a variety of positions and complete complex tasks. The shoulder is able to perform these functions because of it's shape, the shoulder joint is a 'ball and socket' joint. The cause of frozen shoulder is still somewhat a mystery, but what we do know is the condition begins with initial pain, following by loss of range of motion which normally then starts to recover.

Frozen shoulder is a slow and progressive condition. Symptoms of the disorder can take up to a year to fully develop, with the pain levels increasing over time. As chemical changes take place in the shoulder joint, thick strands of tissue called adhesions form and begin to restrict mobility. The lubricating synovial capsule in the shoulder joint thickens and provides less lubrication. By the time the sufferer begins to notice a significant issue in lack of mobility, the disorder has set in and requires treatment. 

The silver lining to all of this is that although frozen shoulder can start for a variety of reasons, there is treatment which can help. At Chiropractic First we use a combination of specific manipulation and physiotherapy to help you get back to normal. If your unsure of the way forward contact our clinic to discuss your condition.

Causes of Frozen Shoulder

Numerous theories on the cause of adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) have been suggested, such as:

  • Trauma and Injury
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Upper torso surgery - such as arm and shoulder surgery or mastectomy
  • And even lack of use

It is suggested that if the shoulder is immobilised and unused - in a sling or unable to use the arm, the shoulder joint goes unused and remains in the same position for long periods of time, the joint tightens and mobility is decreased. An autoimmune response in the area may cause the joint to stiffen and restrict the joint causing the initial pain. When the initial pain is not addressed, the inflammatory nature of the disorder will progress and adhesions form in the joint further restricting mobility and increasing the level of pain.

Frozen Shoulder Due to Systemic Disorders

A large population of patients who suffer from systemic diseases may be more likely to develop frozen shoulder. These systemic diseases include those who suffer from thyroid disorders such as hyperthyroid and hypothyroid, both overactive and underactive thyroid function. Other diseases include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, tuberculosis and Parkinson's Disease. Frozen shoulder treatment related to these diseases is paramount and the importance of early diagnosis followed by early manipulation and treatment are necessary, because more drastic treatments are often times not an option. Our chiropractic staff are experts in diagnosing and treating the issue to help resolve your pain and regain your range of motion, so you may return to a normal routine.

Frozen Shoulder in Surgical Patients

Patients who have recently gone through shoulder surgery such as rotator cuff repair or repair to the labrum, one of the many tendons in the shoulder, may experience frozen shoulder. Patients who have had recent mastectomy or cardiovascular surgery are at risk, as well. The reason they are more susceptible to the disorder is lack of use of the shoulder. When the shoulder remains in the same position for a prolonged period of time, the joint stiffens and the pain sets in.
Once the surgical site heals sufficiently, physiotherapy and chiropractic manipulation are highly recommended to help return range of motion to the joint and reduce pain. Our office can develop a program for you that will reduce the pain and increase the range of motion over a healthy period so you can return to a normal schedule in your life.

Chiropractic Treatment of Frozen Shoulder

Chiropractic therapy for frozen shoulder can produce the results you need and resolve your frozen shoulder. Our staff will evaluate your baseline range of motion and pain level to develop a plan tailored to you. In-office physiotherapy coupled with exercise you may do at home will address and increase your range of motion. It will also build the muscle to prevent muscular atrophy or the shrinkage of important muscles in the shoulder. Coupled with treatment for inflammation in the joint space, patients can see improvement over a period of time and resolution of the disorder.
Hard work is the key. Failure to work on stretching in the office as well as at home can delay the recovery process. Trust our staff to direct you along the path to recovery.

Sources:

http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/related-condi...
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/frozen-shoulder/DS00416/DSECTION=risk-f...
http://www.aafp.org/afp/990401ap/1843.html
http://www.healthgrouponline.com/frozenshoulder.html

 

 

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