Treating pain from a frozen shoulder
Treatment for a frozen shoulder is often steroids or anti-inflammatory drugs. These can have unmitigated side effects, so at NuView Health Medical we offer alternative treatments: chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, and physical therapy. Chiropractic treatments adjust the bones to reduce impingements that cause pain. Massage helps breakdown scar tissue. Physical therapy restores range of motion. Frozen shoulder is known as adhesive capsulitis. It is common and progresses slowly over 1-3 years.
Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder
Symptoms include pain and stiffness. These vary from at night when the shoulder is less mobile to during the day with typical activities. Markedly, range of motion will continue to decrease without proper treatment. This progression, known as the “freezing” stage, eventually leads to complete stiffness, or “frozen” stage, in which patients are not able to move the shoulder at all.
Who gets Frozen Shoulder?
Frozen shoulder is a common (200,000 US cases per year) condition. Women between 40 and 60 are at higher risk for developing frozen shoulder. Increased risk factors include diabetes and heart disease. In most cases, the shoulder has not been exercised or has had limited range of motion for several years.