Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis is defined as soft tissue contracture around the glenohumeral joint. This most often affects people aged 40-60 and is experienced more often with non-dominant extremities and more sedentary individuals. The most clinical symptom of Frozen Shoulder is a global loss of shoulder range of motion.

Common symptoms include

  • Painful, limited range of motion
  • Progressively gets worse
  • Sharp pain at end range of motion
  • Night pain and disturbances

This can develop anywhere from 4 months to 2 years. Frozen shoulder is typically classified into 4 stages: Pre-adhesive stage, acute adhesive synovitis, maturation stage, and chronic stage. As adhesions form in the shoulder joint and there is less synovial cavity and space in the glenohumeral joint your pain increases and your condition worsens the longer that this goes on without proper intervention and help. It can become a vicious cycle that can be frustrating to deal with on a day-to-day basis.

Manual techniques that improve active and passive range of motion have been shown to be useful in treating Frozen Shoulder. Treatments often include shoulder end-range mobilization/manipulation, Winback Tecar therapy, and other active or passive stretches to maintain/increase the range of motion of the affected shoulder as much as possible. 

Click here to watch a few exercises we like for people who have Frozen Shoulder

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Dr. Caleb Hebert

Dr. Caleb Hebert

Doctor of Chiropractic

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