Do I have a frozen shoulder?

Do I have a frozen shoulder?

 Do I Have a frozen shoulder?

We've had patients inquiring about how we treat frozen shoulder at R2 Wellness. After an initial visit with Dr. Casey, a shoulder exam is performed and you are diagnosed, a program consisting of chiropractic care, physio, and physical therapy will be created for you.

 So, what is frozen shoulder?

Frozen shoulder is also known as adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder is a condition commonly characterized by stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint.

What is the main cause of frozen shoulder?

One of the most common causes of frozen shoulder is the immobility that may result during recovery from a shoulder injury, broken arm, or a stroke. If you've had an injury that makes it difficult to move your shoulder, talk to your doctor about exercises you can do to maintain the range of motion in your shoulder joint.

What are the 3 stages of frozen shoulder?

Symptoms are usually classified into three stages, as they worsen gradually and then resolve within a 2- to 3-year period.

Over 90 percent of people find that with simple exercises and pain control, symptoms improve. A frozen shoulder normally recovers, but it can take 3 years.

How do you diagnose frozen shoulder?

Doctors will most likely diagnose frozen shoulder based on signs, symptoms, and a physical exam, paying close attention to the arms and shoulders.


The severity of frozen shoulder is determined by a basic test in which a doctor presses and moves certain parts of the arm and shoulder.


Structural problems can only be identified with the help of imaging tests, such as an X-ray.


How do we treat frozen shoulder?

The aim is to alleviate pain and preserve mobility and flexibility in the shoulder. In time and with treatment, 9 out of 10 patients experience relief.


However, recovery may be slow, and symptoms can persist for some time.


At R2 Wellness Centers we recommend a hybrid of physical therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic adjustments, along with supplements and alkaline water to get the best results for our patients.


Physical therapy can provide training in corrective exercises to maintain as much mobility and flexibility as possible without straining the shoulder or causing too much pain, once done in the office we teach our patients to continue to do them at home for best results.


Physiotherapy hot or cold compression packs; can help reduce pain and swelling. Alternating between the two may help. Home or in-office TENS unit works by numbing the nerve endings in the spinal cord that control pain. The TENS machine sends mild electric current to electrodes, or electric pads, that are applied to the skin on the affected shoulder.


Chiropractic adjustments can be very beneficial for the patient with an injury or pain in the shoulder. It helps to reduce and relieve pain, improve range of motion, increase flexibility, and restore function to the joint. Depending on the type of injury, a variety of chiropractic techniques can be used for treatment.


So whether you have a frozen shoulder, a hurt shoulder, or a rotator injury it’s best if you come in for an exam so that we can get you a proper diagnosis and get you back living without pain. Use our book now feature if you live in the Northwest Indiana region to schedule online today.

Casey Walker, D.C. Casey Walker, D.C. is the founder of R2 Wellness Centers a chiropractic clinic, family-owned and operated in Lowell, Indiana. R2 Wellness Centers mission is, to create health within so that you can live your life free from pain and suffering, Live Your Life, Today. He has been practicing chiropractic since graduating from Palmer Chiropractic in Davenport, IA in 2005. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, cycling and fly-fishing.

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