Frozen Shoulder & Chiropractic Care

by Administrator 21. December 2009 17:28

Frozen Shoulder is also known as Adhesive capsulitis. It is a condition that causes pain and restricted motion at shoulder joint.

Shoulder joint is the most mobile joint of the body and is also most susceptible to injuries and stiffness. During frozen shoulder the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint becomes contracted.

Causes of the frozen shoulder

  • Injury to the joint
  • Medical conditions like Diabetes, Arthritis
  • Soft tissue injuries like tendinitis, bursitis
  • Immobilization for ling time e.g., during fracture, paralysis.

Symptoms of frozen shoulder

Initial symptom of the frozen shoulder is pain. Sleep disturbance due to pain also common complaint. The pain in the joint leads to lack of motion in the joint and stiffness develops. Decrease in range of motion occurs afterwards. Patient is unable to move the arm through the full range of motion. In later stage the passive range of motion also decreases.


Diagnosis is generally made on the basis of symptoms and physical examination of the shoulder. X-ray or MRI can be done to rule out other medical conditions that may lead to pain and decrease in range of motion


Medical treatment includes nonsteroidal ant inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Chiropractic treatment for frozen shoulder

  • TENS – Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation (TENS). It is kind of electrical stimulation used to relieve pain in the joint.
  • Deep heating of the joint followed by range of motion exercises
  • Mobilization of the shoulder joint. Active mobilization includes mobilization exercises done by the patient. Passive mobilization is when the chiropractor is doing the mobilization of the stiff joint.
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises of the shoulder
  • Patients are instructed to follow up with regular exercises to avoid the reoccurrence of the condition.

For effective treatment of frozen shoulder, you may visit Corrective Chiropractic And Wellness which serves Harker Heights and Killeen.

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