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Posted on 01-31-2016

Frozen shoulder syndrome, is a condition characterized by stiff and painful shoulder joints. These symptoms are cyclical and ebb and flow over time. Frozen shoulder syndrome sometimes develops following medical procedures or other health conditions that prevents regular movement of the arm over an extended period of time. This condition causes chronic pain and difficulty completing day-to-day tasks that require full range of the shoulder. Fortunately, a professional chiropractor can help.

FSS has three stages: freezing, frozen, and thaw phases.

  1. During the freezing phase, there is progressive limitation of movement in the shoulder. Pain will begin developing during this phase.
  2. The next phase occurs when joint fluid begins to thicken, causing the greatest movement restriction. This is also most painful.
  3. Finally, the thawing phase is when inflammation begins to subside. Chiropractic treatment – especially during this final phase – can reduce the duration of the thaw phase and can help prevent another FSS flare-up.

A cure for frozen shoulder is elusive; treatments include corticosteroids, numbing medications, range-of-motion exercises, and physical therapy. While some find these treatments successful, it varies by individual and the severity of the FSS symptoms. Chiropractors can assist with a combination of manipulation and physiotherapy.

Chiropractors can assess and restore proper movement in the spine. Nerves that supply the shoulder joint and surrounding areas originate in the neck. Shoulder pain may be relieved by addressing the source of the pain. Chiropractic adjustments are an effective tool to help resolve painful conditions and can also serve as an effective way to manage discomfort during an FSS flare-up.

Frozen shoulder syndrome is a painful and debilitating condition. If you are suffering from FSS, consider chiropractic medicine in addition to other treatments. Contact us to make an appointment and learn about how we can provide professional care to address your frozen shoulder symptoms.

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