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Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder and Treatment At Maryland Farms Chiropractic

Have you been waking up several mornings now where you’re experiencing a pain that’s deep down in the shoulder?  Has it been just a few mornings or weeks?  Maybe it’s been a few months.  This pain is unusual and not like the one that’s experienced with the average soft tissue or muscle injuries.  Are you having trouble recalling any injuries or particular moments where you paused in the tracks of life and thought “i Just inured my shoulder”! Are the wheels in the head turning and are you pondering on possible causes of the pain? Is the painful shoulder hard to move or does it have a limited range of motion or very stiff?   

man suffering from a frozen shoulder

Adhesive Capsulties Description 

Adhesive capsulitis, or the more common term frozen shoulder, will lead to stiffness, pain and eventually, limited range of motion making it challenging to move the shoulder. Full recovery can take up to as long as 3 years but tends to get better after a period of the symptoms worsening. What happens when a frozen shoulder pops up in life?  The shoulder becomes tight, stiff and the shoulder capsule thickens.  Adhesions, or thick bands of tissue, may develop and less synovial fluid that surrounds the joint is common. The classic sighs of adhesive capsulitis are not being able to move the shoulder and severe pain. Frozen shoulder develops in 3 stages:  

Stage 1: Freezing 

In the initial stage, the pain will gradually increase and worsen leading to the loss of range of motion. The freezing stage can be a short 6 weeks up to 9 months. 

Stage 2: Frozen 

The stiffness will be present in this stage but the painful symptoms may actually improve and become less painful.  During the “frozen” stage, the daily life activities will become challenging and this stage can last 4-6 months 

Stage 3: Thawing 

In the final stage, the range of motion gradually improves which makes this the “thawing” stage. Total recovery at this point takes an average of 6 months up to 2 years.   

Shoulder motion slowly improves during the "thawing" stage. Complete return to normal or close to normal strength and motion typically takes from 6 months to 2 years. 

Treatment

Treatment options should focus on pain control, strength and restoring range of motion.  Surgical treatment can be done in some cases but for those who prefer to go the nonsurgical route, options include things like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections, hydrodilatation, and physical therapy.  

Contact Maryland Farms Chiropractic in Brentwood, TN!

Chiropractic treatments are effective. A chiropractor applies pressure to joints in close proximity to the shoulder leading to decreased discomfort and restored mobility.  Call Maryland Farms Chiropractic at (615) 309-8279 for the best chiropractic experience in Brentwood, TN.