Chiropractic Can Thaw a Frozen Shoulder

If you’ve ever had shoulder pain in Chattanooga, you know how annoying and painful it can be. Many people will simply endure the pain, but did you know you don’t have to live like this?

What we mean is that even though some shoulder conditions like frozen shoulder do resolve over time, it can take a while, and some patients will simply deal with the pain until it goes away. But who wants to live like that? Let’s find out how a Chattanooga, TN chiropractor can help.

What is frozen shoulder?

The name really tells it all for this one. A frozen shoulder is a shoulder that has drastically reduced range of motion, stiffness inhibiting movement of the arm to a very limited space. While your shoulder isn’t completely “frozen,” the restricted range of motion might as well mean a useless shoulder.

And while Chattanooga doctors know what happens to make a shoulder cease its movement, they don’t know why people get it. A shoulder freezes when the capsule of connective tissue housing the bones, ligaments, and tendons that make up the shoulder thickens and tightens. But why this capsule tightens remains a mystery, though some are more prone to it: diabetics and those with previous shoulder injuries.

Another mysterious thing about frozen shoulder is the course it takes. According to Mayo Clinic, there are three stages: freezing, frozen, and thawing. A frozen shoulder usually lasts one to three years, resolving on its own. Let’s look at these stages:

  1. Freezing—the shoulder’s range of motion starts to become limited, and most movement of your shoulder causes pain
  2. Frozen—the shoulder becomes stiff and difficult to move, although some of the pain subsides
  3. Thawing—the shoulder begins to move in a gradually widening range of motion

Yes, a frozen shoulder is an odd condition to have, but you don’t have to wait it out if you don’t want to.

Chiropractic Treatment for Frozen Shoulder

If you don’t want to wait 3 years for your shoulder to heal—and who does?—chiropractic is a very viable treatment option. Although traditional doctors will recommend stretching and strengthening via a physical trainer and will offer steroid shots, chiropractic can usually resolve the issue within a few non-invasive treatments.

Since the neck controls the shoulder, treatment of the neck can loosen up a frozen shoulder. In a chiropractic session, a patient with frozen shoulder may receive the following, according to this AltMD article:

  • Spinal manipulation
  • Massage therapy
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Rehabilitative exercises
  • Heat and ice
  • Rest
  • Dietary supplements
  • Lifestyle coaching to promote proper body mechanics

Spinal manipulation is the primary treatment offered by any Chattanooga, TN chiropractor, and its practice promotes proper communication of the Central Nervous System. The spinal column houses the spinal cord, which connects the body to the brain. When vertebrae are misaligned—which is extremely common—this causes the nervous system to communicate poorly, often leading to pain. Once your spine is aligned, the neck functions better, leading to better function and mobility in the shoulders. The other treatments on our list above all complement the spinal adjustment, helping stiff muscles to loosen and allow the vertebrae to stay aligned. Here in Chattanooga, we have lots of chiropractors who can offer this relief from a frozen shoulder.

Have you ever seen a chiropractor for a frozen shoulder?

If your shoulder is frozen, your quality of life has been impacted. During the frozen stage, which chiropractor Dr. Akhavan tells us usually lasts up to 9 months, the pain is largely replaced by stiffness. But not being able to reach is equivalent to chronic pain. Don’t let a frozen shoulder keep you from enjoying life.

Do you live in Chattanooga and have a frozen shoulder story? Leave us a comment and tell us—did a chiropractor help? Did it last 3 whole years? What was your quality of life like? We’ll respond with a comment of our own!

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