Frozen shoulder, also referred to as adhesive capsulitis, is a chronic stiffness in the joint. This can affect one or both shoulders at the same time. Symptoms include gradually worsening mobility and pain within the joint. It is not uncommon for it to follow a medical condition where you reduce the use of your arm, such as a stroke, mastectomy, or broken arm. Frozen shoulders generally are classified by three stages. During the Freezing stage, movement causes pain and your mobility also lessens. Next, the Frozen stage is where your shoulders will be at their stiffest, but the pain is duller. Lastly, during the Thawing stage, mobility returns and pain subsides.
While frozen shoulders are usually not permanent, they can take months or even years to recover from. Your chiropractor can help you reduce the pain you experience while helping increase your overall mobility of the joint. This can be extremely helpful for those who cannot afford to let a frozen shoulder limit them. For more information on how we can help treat your shoulder injury, contact us and schedule an appointment.