The Frozen Shoulder Syndrome

What is a Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen Shoulder Syndrome or FSS is a painful and debilitating shoulder condition characterized by very limited arm movement and severe pain at the slightest move. Affecting more women than men, it can be confused with cervical radiculitis, rotator cuff strain and bursitis or tendonitis. True FSS will always have inflammation and scar tissue formation of the joint capsule.

While patients who suffer from FSS usually have a prior injury to the shoulder, the cause is still not clear. It is a condition more common in 20% of diabetics. However, the following issues have been associated with increased Fss risks: Parkinson’s disease, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, cardiac disease or a recent surgery.

This progressive condition is characterized by three stages – the freezing stage – pain gets worse over time which limits movement more and more, lasting several weeks to months. The frozen stage is when the shoulder has reached its maximum restricted pattern; pain may have subsided and only felt if the shoulder is moved beyond its restriction. You will not be able to reach behind your back and cannot bring the hand above the height of the shoulder. This stage can take 9 months. The last – thawing stage – the shoulder begins to thaw and become pain-free in 12 to 18 months with increased range of motion, as by natural healing.

Consider a chiropractor for your frozen shoulder where other treatments had failed, including physical therapy and pain killing medications. There is no need to wait for the shoulder to thaw Chiropractic adjustments are concentrated on manipulating the frozen shoulder joint and the area at the base of the neck. Restoring proper movement in the spine can help assist proper nerve function in the shoulder area. This can contribute to your recovery. Exercise and stretching are contributory.

Chiropractic Care in Edmonds for Frozen Shoulder Syndrome

Check out our Edmonds chiropractic professional and wait no more for your frozen shoulder to heal itself. While it may be a long healing process, every advancement in motion range and decrease in pain is an improvement in your quality of life.

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