Frozen Shoulder Treatment in Maryland

Frozen Shoulder Treatment Columbia MD

Medical Name

The Condition

What is Frozen Shoulder

Pain and stiffness in the shoulder, usually from the capsule thickening in the shoulder joint. 

There usually is significant reduction in the range of motion, with the worst motion usually raising the arm to the side (abduction). 

The etiology of adhesive capsulitis isn’t known, but immobility and having diabetes increases your chances of getting it.

Frozen Shoulder Treatment

Typical Treatment: Range of motion exercises, massage
This condition can be very difficult to treat, and requires a lot of time spent on each spot to try to release the area. We then will dry needle the muscles, and do specific exercises to increase flexibility and strength.

Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder treatment can be difficult, so it’s important to be aware of any signs of frozen shoulder injuries and seek treatment ASAP when you notice pain, stiffness, and lack of mobility. 

Be aware of pain, like an ache or dull pain in the shoulder, which can worsen with movement. Stiffness is a common sign of frozen shoulder, especially progressive stiffness in the shoulder joint, limiting the range of motion.

Always be aware of reduced mobility, like difficulty performing everyday activities like reaching overhead or behind the back.

Frozen Shoulder has 3 Stages of Progression

  • Freezing Stage: Pain increases and range of motion starts to decrease.
  • Frozen Stage: Pain may lessen, but the shoulder becomes stiffer.
  • Thawing Stage: Range of motion gradually improves.

Common Causes of Frozen Shoulder

The actual cause of frozen shoulder injury is unknown. However, immobility can increase the chances of frozen shoulder, as well as diabetes.

If you have any of the following injuries, surgery history, or medical conditions, you want to be aware of frozen shoulder so you can seek treatment if needed.

  • Injury or surgery to the shoulder
  • Medical conditions including diabetes, thyroid disorders, cardiovascular disease, and Parkinson’s disease
  • More common in people aged 40 to 60, particularly women
  • Prolonged Inactivity, such as long periods of shoulder inactivity due to illness or injury

Frozen Shoulder Treatment FAQ

Our chiropractic office in Columbia, MD does soft tissue therapy for frozen shoulder treatment to help with mobility, pain-relief, and overall comfort. Soft tissue therapy helps to reduce muscle tension, alleviating tightness and knots in the muscles surrounding the shoulder. Frozen shoulder treatment will also improve blood flow to promote healing, improve flexibility in the shoulder joint, and decrease the pain. 

Chiropractic care allows for personalized treatment plans for frozen shoulder pain-relief. You may experience a reduction in shoulder pain and discomfort; increased range of motion and flexibility in the shoulder joint; able to avoid surgery and medication.

  • Pendulum Exercises: Lean forward and let your arm hang down. Gently swing your arm in small circles.
  • Towel Stretch: Hold a towel behind your back with both hands, gently pulling to stretch the shoulder.
  • Cross-Body Stretch: Use your good arm to lift the affected arm at the elbow and bring it across your body.

Note: never do any exercise for any injury unless advised by your doctor; this is not medical advice and should always consult a doctor first before any new workout regimen

Along with your in-office chiropractic treatments, we may advise at-home physical therapy exercises and other treatment options, like better posture, comfortable sleeping positions, and heat and ice. It is always best to confirm at-home treatment plans for frozen shoulder with your doctor.