Picture this: One day, you’re reaching up to grab a cup from the kitchen shelf or throwing a ball with your child, and you feel a sharp pain in your shoulder. Over time, the pain worsens, and your shoulder becomes harder to move.
Activities you once performed easily now seem like daunting tasks. This could be a sign of a condition known as frozen shoulder, a frustrating and painful experience that affects many people. But don’t worry, understanding this condition is the first step to recovery, and this article will guide you through it.
What is Frozen Shoulder?
Frozen shoulder, medically known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. It typically develops gradually, getting worse over time, and then eventually goes away. This process can take one to three years. The exact cause of frozen shoulder is not fully understood, but it can occur after a period of immobility or trauma to the shoulder area.
There are three stages of frozen shoulder:
- Freezing Stage: The shoulder becomes stiff and then very painful with movement. Motion starts to become limited.
- Frozen Stage: Pain may begin to diminish during this stage. However, the shoulder becomes stiffer, and using it becomes more difficult.
- Thawing Stage: The range of motion in the shoulder begins to improve.
How Could Chiropractic Care Help?
Chiropractic care can be an effective treatment for frozen shoulder. By addressing the body as a whole, chiropractors can often lessen the pain and disability associated with frozen shoulder.
Here’s how a chiropractor could assist:
Adjustments: Chiropractic adjustments can help to increase the range of motion in your shoulder and reduce pain. Adjusting the spine and joints can also help improve overall body function, which can speed up the recovery process for frozen shoulder.
Soft Tissue Therapy: Techniques such as massage and myofascial release can help release the tight tissues around the shoulder, alleviating pain and improving movement.
Exercise and Rehabilitation: We can guide you through specific exercises tailored to restore movement in your shoulder and prevent future issues.
Patient Education: Understanding your condition is vital. We provide you with the information you need about frozen shoulder and how you can aid your recovery at home.
Why Seek Help?
Frozen shoulder can significantly impact your daily life, making simple tasks difficult and painful. Seeking help early can reduce the severity of your symptoms and help you return to your normal activities sooner.
Ready to Begin Your Journey to Relief?
If you’re struggling with shoulder pain and think you might have frozen shoulder, don’t hesitate to reach out. At Cianci Chiropractic, we’re committed to helping you heal and regain the full use of your shoulder. Contact us today to start on the path to recovery.
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Mayo Clinic. “Frozen Shoulder.”
Harvard Health Publishing. “Frozen Shoulder.”