The exact cause is unknown, however classified as contributing or risk factors are:
- Diabetes or Hypothyroidism (low functioning thyroid)
- Trauma or Surgery
- Heart diseases, Stroke and Parkinson’s
Signs and Symptoms
The 3 main signs and symptoms present in frozen shoulder are pain, which is dull & achy, shoulder stiffness and decreased ROM (Range of Motion). Night pains are also typical.
The condition can be categorized in three stages:
Stage 1: Painful/freezing, which lasts about 1 year
Stage 2: Frozen or adhesive – 1 year
Stage 3: Recovery – up to 2 years
Silva’s treatment approach to Frozen Shoulder:
My treatment involves the patient actively in its own recovery. While performing goal oriented motions (such as brushing hair/taking off a shirt or bra) I manually mobilize, elongate and/or stabilize the appropriate structures. To increase passive ROM, mobilization and traction therapy are also of importance. To stabilize the result and the new gained ROM, I prescribe exercises and use active stabilization techniques. My own goal and motivation is to aim for long-lasting results.
Maybe I will see you next time at Hycroft Chiropractic & Massage,
I’m looking forward to it!
Silva Schoenherr DO(MP).