Navigating Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is characterised by the gradual onset of pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. The condition typically progresses through stages, and individuals may experience a range of signs and symptoms. Here are some common indicators of frozen shoulder:

Pain: Persistent, dull aching pain in the shoulder that may worsen at night.

Stiffness: Gradual development of stiffness in the shoulder joint, limiting range of motion.

Limited Range of Motion: Difficulty raising the arm overhead or reaching behind the back.

Progressive Loss of Mobility: Slow reduction in the ability to perform daily activities that involve shoulder movement.

Painful Activities: Discomfort and pain during activities that require the use of the affected shoulder.

Difficulty Sleeping: Pain and discomfort often intensify at night, affecting sleep quality.

Muscle Weakness: Weakness in the muscles surrounding the shoulder due to limited use.

Painful Clicking or Popping: Some individuals may experience clicking or popping sensations in the shoulder joint.

Gradual Onset: Symptoms usually develop over time, with the gradual progression of pain and stiffness.

Pain Radiating to the Arm: Discomfort may extend from the shoulder down the arm.

Individuals experiencing persistent shoulder pain or stiffness should consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management.

At Burnside Chiropractic in Hazelwood Park, South Australia, where we routinely address diverse health concerns, one recurrent issue is the complex challenge of frozen shoulder. As we explore chiropractic care as a potential avenue for relief, it's essential to delve into the intricate structure of the shoulder, understanding why it is susceptible to injury and how chiropractic interventions might offer a non-invasive approach to managing symptoms.

Understanding the Shoulder's Complexity:

The shoulder is a remarkably complex joint, known for its wide range of motion. Comprising the humerus, scapula, and clavicle, it relies on a network of muscles, tendons, and ligaments for stability and function. This complexity, while enabling versatile movement, also renders the shoulder vulnerable to various injuries, including frozen shoulder.

The Three Stages of Frozen Shoulder:

  1. The Freezing Stage:

As the initial stage sets in, pain becomes apparent, and motion starts to dwindle. The intricate structures of the shoulder may contribute to the discomfort experienced during this phase.

  1. The Frozen Stage:

The shoulder's complexity manifests as stiffness intensifies, making movement increasingly challenging. The susceptibility to injury becomes more pronounced during this stage.

  1. The Thawing Stage:

Gradual relief ensues as pain and stiffness diminish. Chiropractic care may play a role in addressing the intricacies of shoulder structure during the recovery process.

Frozen Shoulder and Chiropractic

Chiropractic Care for Frozen Shoulder and the Shoulder's Vulnerability:

Studies and literature suggest that chiropractic care might offer a non-invasive approach to managing frozen shoulder symptoms. The retrospective case series by Murphy et al. (Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2015) and the systematic review by Brantingham et al. (Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 2011) shed light on the potential benefits of chiropractic interventions. Considering the shoulder's intricate structure and susceptibility to injury, exploring non-invasive alternatives becomes crucial.

Doctor consulting with patient about shoulder pain

Potential Benefits of Chiropractic Care:

  1. Holistic Consideration for Recovery:

Acknowledging the complexity of the shoulder, chiropractic care is considered as part of a comprehensive approach to managing frozen shoulder symptoms.

  1. Pain Relief and increasd mobility

As reported in the literature, chiropractic has been found to possibly alleviate frozen shoulder symptoms for some people, offering a complete recovery from the pain and stiffness that may come with this particular condition.

  1. Non-Invasive Approach in Shoulder Health:

Chiropractic care stands as a non-invasive option for those navigating the complexities of shoulder injuries and seeking non-surgical approaches to recovery.

At Burnside Chiropractic, we recognise the multifaceted nature of shoulder injuries, particularly frozen shoulder. The intricate structure of the shoulder demands a nuanced approach to care. If you're experiencing pain and limited mobility, consider chiropractic care as a potential avenue for relief. Our chiropractors are available to discuss your unique situation, offering insights into how chiropractic interventions may contribute to your journey toward improved shoulder function. To learn more, contact Burnside Chiropractic at (08) 8364 2600, and discover the possibilities of holistic shoulder care through chiropractic expertise.

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Murphy F, et al. Chiropractic management of frozen shoulder syndrome using a novel technique: a retrospective case series of 50 patients. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 2015;11(4):267-272.

Brantingham JW, Cassa TK, Bonnefin D, et al. Manipulative therapy for shoulder pain and disorders: expansion of a systematic review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2011;34(5):314-346.

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