A frozen shoulder is exactly as the name describes. It’s a shoulder that has lost its movement and has basically become frozen in one position. The medical term for frozen shoulder pain is adhesive capsulitis. This is one of the most painful and frustrating conditions for patients to have, but we can help.
Frozen shoulder pain often starts without any incident and is very difficult to heal. I have been noticing more and more cases of this in Vietnam for the past year, possibly due to work stress and bad postural habits associated with computer positions.
Frozen shoulder is one of the most painful and frustrating conditions for patients to have. It often starts without any incident and is very difficult to heal.
What causes a frozen shoulder?
This condition is a result of inflammation in the joint capsule, which leads to scarring and shrinking of the capsule that surrounds the shoulder. Many different conditions and injuries can lead to a frozen shoulder (muscle tears, bursitis, tendonitis, post surgical, metabolic disorders….etc). Sometimes there is no condition associated with this problem, you just wake up and it’s there. No matter what the cause is, Chiropractic can help ease the symptoms and correct the fixated joint.
Muscle tears, bursitis, tendonitis, post surgical, metabolic disorders are reasons leading to frozen shoulder.
Frozen shoulder is often divided into 3 stages:
The Freezing stage: This is the initial and most painful stage, and often begins without injury. The shoulder begins to stiffen, and slowly, the pain increases to the point where it limits all movement. Trying to move the shoulder during this stage can feel very sharp and often has a throbbing pain associated with it.
The Frozen stage: During this stage, the shoulder will be finally stuck in its most limited position. Most people will not be able to reach behind their back or touch the top of their head. In this stage, the pain subsides, but there is no movement in the arms.
The Thawing stage: During this phase, the shoulder will begin to heal. Without treatment, it can take anywhere from 12 months to 3 years to move on its own again.
Common reasons for frozen shoulder pain
- Imbalances and degeneration in the cervical spine.
- Previous neck injuries from sports like tennis, football and motorbike accidents
- Direct shoulder injuries such as rotator cuff tears, bursitis and strains to the muscles and joint structure.
- Shoulder surgeries that weren’t healed properly.
How can Chiropractic help?
Maple Chiropractic Vietnam uses specific physical medicine and physiotherapy to get the injured joint moved quickly and effectively. By getting movement back into the joint as soon as possible, the body will begin to heal the injury immediately. We use specific instruments and table that aid in getting movement back into the joints gently without pain. Once the symptoms are noticed, it is important to get the joint back into motion right away. This will help to keep the joint from getting into the frozen phase and increase the speed of healing dramatically.
For any questions, please contact our Chiropractic team at Maple Healthcare Vietnam for a complimentary consultation.
By getting movement back into the joint as soon as possible, the body will begin to heal the injury immediately.