Known medically as ‘adhesive capsulitis’, frozen shoulder is a condition in which your shoulder stiffens, progressively limiting movement, and causing substantial pain. The disorder is quite uncommon, affecting only 2% of the population, and even then, typically only women, between 40 and 60 years of age. The condition can last for years, eventually freezing the shoulder completely. If is most treatable if caught early on. To get help now, scroll to the bottom of this page and click on “book appointment.”
What is frozen shoulder?
The top of your upper arm bone rests in a socket in your shoulder blade which is surrounded by strong connective tissue referred to as the ‘capsule’. When you have frozen shoulder, the capsule thickens and solidifies, and tight bands of tissue develop (called adhesions) which effectively hold the capsule in place, preventing movement. If those adhesions aren’t broken up, they will get stronger and stronger, and eventually you won’t be able to move your shoulder at all. The condition comes on slowly and can last as long as a year or more.
What causes frozen shoulder?
Doctors aren’t sure why frozen shoulder occurs, but they do know that lack of normal movement will trigger it. People who have had an accident or a surgery, or even a stroke, any condition that inhibits the ability to fully move their shoulder, are at much higher risk for frozen shoulder. If you’re in this group, you should come in for treatment now.
Doctors have also identified common associations between the disorder and other diseases; people with diabetes, Parkinson’s, hyperthyroidism, and cardiac disease all have a much higher chance of contracting the disorder. People in this group should make an effort to maximize shoulder mobility. If you have of these diseases, and you feel either of your shoulders getting stiff, come in and see us.
How do I make it go away?
A professional therapeutic massage is recommended to break up the adhesions surrounding the capsule and help deal with the pain. Our therapists are thoroughly experienced in these techniques, and often, even just one or two sessions can make a world of difference. What are you waiting for? We can improve your quality of life. Register for treatment right now by clicking “book appointment” below.