Frozen Shoulder

What is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that limits the range of motion in your shoulder causing pain and discomfort.

Our shoulders are made up of bones, ligaments and tendons that are enclosed in a capsule of connective tissue. The tissue in your shoulder joint will begin to thicken and scar tissue will develop over time, hence limiting the space for your shoulder to rotate properly.

What causes Frozen Shoulder?

The cause of frozen shoulder is unknown, however, there are some factors that may contribute to this condition. Prolonged immobility from conditions such as rotator cuff injuries, broken arms or stroke are some factors. Other conditions that can increase the likelihood of developing frozen shoulder include thyroid issues, diabetes and cardiovascular issues.

3 Phases of Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder can be characterised into 3 stages which are similar to the concept of freezing something. These phases include:

1. Freezing – this is when your shoulder is in the most pain and your range of motion is limited
2. Frozen – your pain levels may begin to decrease in this phase; although the shoulder is still difficult to move and can become stiffer.
3. Thawing – this is when your range of motion begins to increase.

Treating Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder can take between 6 months to 3 years to recover. There is no treatment known to prevent this from happening, however, chiropractic treatments may help to control pain levels, restore your range of motion and strengthen the shoulder. Speak to your Chiropractor today about how they can help with frozen shoulder!

By Dr Terri Anne Kayrouz