Frozen Shoulder. Which Treatment to choose?

by | Mar 2, 2021 | chiropractic, Shoulder capsulitis

Adhesive capsulitis, also known as frozen shoulder, is a disease that can affect people of any age but is most commonly diagnosed between 40 and 70 years of age, predominantly in women, and affects between 2 and 5% of the total population.

Patients with diabetes mellitus are five times more at risk of adhesive capsulitis than the general population and the prevalence is over 13%. The same is true for patients suffering from hypothyroidism, which is significantly higher than in the general population.

This adhesive capsulitis is an inflammatory disease that affects the ligaments, tendons, and muscles that work to provide support, stability, and strength to the shoulder joint.

The causes can be intrinsic (specific to the shoulder, such as calcifications or rotator cuff pathologies), extrinsic (local diseases that do not originate in the shoulder, such as impingement or cervical radiculopathies), or systemic (diseases that affect the whole organism, such as those mentioned above: diabetes or thyroid disorders).

Regarding evolution, it is a progressive disease (it can worsen up to one or two years after the beginning of the degenerative process). It begins with an onset of mild pain that worsens over time until,due to the creation of new connective tissue inside the joint (called adhesions), it begins to hinder the correct general movement of the shoulder (especially in external rotation and elevation). Then the synovial capsule, which is responsible for lubricating the joint, thickens and loses its powers,begins to provide less lubrication and that is when we will experience a serious mobility disorder.


Through chiropractic treatment, we will mobilize the shoulder to restore it to its correct joint position, thus helping to restore normal range of motion and reduce pain.

We will also verify that there are no other pathologies derived from adhesive capsulitis in the nearby articular areas, controlling that there is a correct cervical-dorsal alignment and that the back is in good general health, preventing it from recurring.

Chiropractic is one of the most effective treatments to treat frozen shoulder because through this therapy we can help reduce pain, improve overall shoulder mobility and restore range of motion in a painless, fast and easy way.

The Doctor of Chiropractic will evaluate the initial range of motion, the degree of overall involvement of the pathology of which the patient is, and determine the treatment and duration. He will develop a personalized and tailored treatment plan that will depend on the degree of pain and the progression and inflammation that has occurred so far because of the disease.

Therefore, it is important to evaluate your shoulder pain as soon as possible to improve in the shortest possible time and prevent muscle atrophyand possible cervical or dorsal pain derived from this pathology.