Adhesive Capsulitis, or Frozen Shoulder Syndrome, is when a person feels sudden pain in the shoulders. This later on escalates to the loss of motion and stiffness, even in the absence of an injury. The syndrome usually affects just one arm, but there are cases when patients develop Frozen Shoulder Syndrome in the other arm later on.
There is no one clear cause of Frozen Shoulder Syndrome. What experts know is how the condition progresses: it starts with an inflammation of the joint capsule of the shoulder joint, which causes pain and loss of motion. People prone to Frozen Shoulder Syndrome are those who have undergone open heart surgery and those with hyperthyroidism and diabetes.
An x-ray or an MRI is usually required to check if factors like arthritis is causing the condition. The first treatment for Frozen Shoulder Syndrome is intake of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) followed up by physical therapy and steroid injections. If none of these work, then surgery is the next option for patients.
If you prefer not to take medications or go through surgery to address the Frozen Shoulder Syndrome, an alternative treatment is chiropractic adjustment. The first thing that your Charlotte chiropractor will do is to examine the shoulder and spine. The range of motion will be tested first, followed by adjustment. The first adjustment may be painful, but anesthesia is not usually needed since the pain that will be felt is manageable. The following adjustments will be less painful.
The range of motion often improves by 50% after the first adjustment. Exercises will also be recommended by the chiropractor to further improve motion and ultimately relieve the patient from pain.