Frozen shoulder, medically termed adhesive capsulitis, presents with a gradual onset of discomfort and stiffness within the shoulder joint. This condition progresses through distinct stages, each marked by varying signs and symptoms. Here's a breakdown of common indicators associated with frozen shoulder:

Persistent Pain: Dull aching sensation in the shoulder, often worsening at night.

Stiffness: Gradual restriction in shoulder movement, leading to limited range of motion.

Impaired Mobility: Difficulty in performing daily tasks involving shoulder movement, such as raising the arm or reaching behind the back.

Activity-related Discomfort: Pain and discomfort during activities that engage the affected shoulder.

Sleep Disturbances: Nighttime aggravation of pain, affecting sleep quality.

Muscle Weakness: Weakening of shoulder muscles due to reduced usage.

Audible Sensations: Some individuals may experience clicking or popping sounds within the shoulder joint.

Gradual Onset: Symptoms develop gradually over time.

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

At our practice, Adelaide Family Chiropractic in Morphett Vale, South Australia, we encounter various health concerns, including the challenging issue of frozen shoulder. As we explore the potential of chiropractic care in providing relief, it's essential to understand the intricate structure of the shoulder, its susceptibility to injury, and how chiropractic interventions offer a non-invasive approach to symptom management.

Shoulder Pain

The Shoulder's Complexity

The shoulder joint is renowned for its remarkable range of motion, comprising the humerus, scapula, and clavicle, supported by muscles, tendons, and ligaments. While this complexity allows for versatile movement, it also increases the risk of injury, including the development of frozen shoulder.

Understanding the Stages of Frozen Shoulder:

  1. Freezing Stage: Initial onset of pain and reduced motion.

  2. Frozen Stage: Intensified stiffness, making movement challenging.

  3. Thawing Stage: Gradual relief as pain and stiffness diminish.

Chiropractic Care for Frozen Shoulder

Research suggests that chiropractic interventions may offer a non-invasive approach to managing frozen shoulder symptoms. Studies by Murphy et al. (Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2015) and Brantingham et al. (Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 2011) highlight potential benefits. Considering the shoulder's complexity and vulnerability to injury, exploring non-invasive alternatives is crucial.

Potential Benefits of Chiropractic Care:

Comprehensive Approach: Chiropractic care is part of a holistic strategy for managing frozen shoulder symptoms.

Pain Relief and Improved Mobility: Chiropractic interventions may alleviate pain and stiffness associated with frozen shoulder, promoting complete recovery.

Non-Invasive Option: Chiropractic care offers a non-surgical approach to shoulder health.

At Adelaide Family Chiropractic, we understand the multifaceted nature of shoulder injuries, particularly frozen shoulder. Our chiropractors recognise the need for a tailored approach to care.

If you're experiencing shoulder pain and limited mobility, consider chiropractic care as a potential solution. Contact Adelaide Family Chiropractic at (08) 8322 8399 to learn more about how our expertise in chiropractic interventions can contribute to your journey toward improved shoulder function and holistic well-being.

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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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