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Non-Surgery Treatment Options for Frozen Shoulder

Non-Surgery Treatment Options for Frozen Shoulder


As we move further into spring, the last thing you want is more cold. If you’re suffering from a frozen shoulder, there’s no need to suffer — no matter the season. We can help!


Adhesive capsulitisso-called “frozen shoulder” — is a common condition where the shoulder is stiff and sore to the point of limiting motion or “freezing” the shoulder into place. It’s a painful, uncomfortable, annoying condition that often comes after an injury or can be caused from complications from diseases like diabetes or a stroke.


If you’re experiencing frozen shoulder, the good news is that it can usually be treated without surgery or strong prescription drugs. Here’s a few ways to treat frozen shoulder:


  1. Physical Therapy. A lot of times frozen shoulder is a result of NOT moving the joint properly for an amount of time. That’s one reason why chronic disease sufferers are prone to frozen shoulder — the disease causes a slowdown in mobility. Partnering with a physical therapist can give sufferers the tools to treat frozen shoulder with exercise. Stretching and strength exercises have been shown to be effective in treating the condition.
  2. Chiropractic Care. Studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments can be very effective in treating frozen shoulder. In one such study, nearly all participants reported an improvement in frozen shoulder symptoms after receiving chiropractic care. More than a quarter reported 100% improvement after the course of treatment.
  3. Massage. As with other methods of treatment, massage can be an effective way to regain mobility in a stiff shoulder. It increases blood flow and reduces inflammation so the body can move with less or no pain.
  4. Anti-Inflammatories. As with so many painful conditions, frozen shoulder stems from inflammation in the joint. Taking anti-inflammatory drugs — like ibuprofen or naproxen — can help ease some of the symptoms. Typically, anti-inflammatory drugs will not cure the condition on their own, but it can be one tool to treat frozen shoulder.


As a quick Internet search will show you, frozen shoulder can take time to heal completely, but you don’t have to suffer in pain alone. Contact us today to get a free consultation and we can start you on the right treatment plan to reduce your pain and recover as quickly as possible.