Skip to content

What is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by a gradual increase in pain and a limited range of motion in the shoulder. This occurs due to adhesions forming in the shoulder capsule, causing synovial inflammation and capsular fibrosis. The exact cause of frozen shoulder is still unknown, but it can lead to significant discomfort and restricted movement.

The Four Phases of Frozen Shoulder

Pain: The initial phase where pain begins to develop in the shoulder.
Freezing: The shoulder’s range of motion starts to decrease, and the pain often worsens.
Frozen: The shoulder’s range of motion is severely limited, but the pain may begin to subside.
Thawing: The shoulder gradually regains its range of motion, and pain continues to decrease.

frozen shoulder

Conservative Treatment Options for Frozen Shoulder

Studies have shown that conservative treatment is the most effective approach for frozen shoulder. Some common conservative treatments include:

  • Oral steroids
  • Injection calcitonin supplementation
  • Hydrodistension (injecting saline into the shoulder capsule)
  • Physiotherapy

A 2019 study published in the Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions found that scapular mobilization and manual posterior capsule stretching during the freezing and frozen phases were most effective in increasing the range of motion.

“It’s important to note that 90% of patients improve with conservative care, and pain typically resolves within one to three years.” says Dr. Erik Camac.

The Role of Chiropractic Care in Treating Frozen Shoulder

Chiropractic care, including mobilization and stretching, can be highly beneficial in speeding up the recovery process for those suffering from frozen shoulder. By addressing the underlying cause of the condition and breaking up adhesions, chiropractic care can help patients regain their range of motion more quickly.

Low-Level Laser Light Therapy for Frozen Shoulder

Low-level laser light therapy is another treatment option that can be helpful for frozen shoulder patients. This form of red light therapy has been shown to promote healing and break down fibrous adhesions, making it a useful addition to traditional chiropractic care.

“If you’re suffering from frozen shoulder, chiropractic care can offer a conservative, effective treatment option to help reduce pain and improve your range of motion. By combining chiropractic care with additional therapies like low-level laser light therapy, you can further enhance your recovery.” Dr. Erik Camac

Don’t let pain hold you back – consult us today to explore your care options.CONTACT US »

Add Your Comment (Get a Gravatar)

Your Name


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *.