What is Adhesive Capsulitis AKA Frozen Shoulder?

Adhesive capsulitis, also known as frozen shoulder, is a condition that causes stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. The condition occurs when the capsule of connective tissue surrounding the shoulder joint thickens and tightens, making it difficult to move the shoulder.

Causes and Symptoms

The exact cause of adhesive capsulitis is unknown, but it can occur after an injury or surgery, or it may develop gradually without a clear cause. The symptoms of adhesive capsulitis can include pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint, which may make it difficult to move the arm. In some cases, the pain may radiate down the arm.

Diagnosis and Treatment

The condition can be diagnosed through a physical examination and imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRI. Treatment for adhesive capsulitis may include physical therapy, which can help to improve shoulder mobility and reduce pain. Pain medications or anti-inflammatory medications may also be prescribed to alleviate pain and inflammation. Within the clinic we can use a multidisciplinary approach to managing frozen shoulder. Chiropractic care and soft tissue massage can be really helpful in speeding up recovery.

In some cases, corticosteroid injections may be used to reduce inflammation in the shoulder joint. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to release the tightened capsule of tissue.

It’s important to consult with a healthcare provider to determine the best treatment plan for your specific condition.

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