Frozen Shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis is a disease in which the shoulder capsule thickens and becomes tight, causing both pain and stiffness in the shoulder. Over time the shoulder becomes very hard to move. There is no certain age for this disorder, although it is more prevalent in people between the ages of 40 to 60 and occurs in women more often than men. Frozen Shoulder can be attributed to misuse and injury, myocardial infarction, upper torso surgery, such as arm and shoulder surgery, mastectomy or even lack of use.
There are 3 stages to this disorder:
The first stage is Freezing, in which the pain increases and the shoulder loses range of motion, the patient can be in this condition from 6 weeks to 9 months.
The second stage occurs after the shoulder is already frozen and lasts 4 to 6 months.
The final stage is thawing and is considered as the recovery phase as the shoulder motion slowly improves gradually until the patient gets back to their normal strength. This can take from 6 months to 6 years for the shoulder to completely recover.
The real cause of frozen shoulder is still unknown, although there are some factors that might put you at risk for developing frozen shoulder especially diabetes, people who suffer from hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Parkinson’s disease and cardiac disease.
Treatment for frozen shoulder can produce the results you need and resolve your frozen shoulder much faster with the combination of Chiropractic treatment, stretching, physiotherapy, exercise and treatment for inflammation in the joint space you will notice greater improvement over time that will eventually lead to a full recovery. Our Chiropractors and Physiotherapists can help you regain mobility and resolve the disorder.