Are you experiencing pain, stiffness, or a limited range of motion in your shoulders? Most people who experience a mild or periodic reduction in mobility typically don’t have anything to worry about.
It’s when you’re dealing with consistent mobility issues that don’t resolve on their own that you should take notice. If a diminished range of motion coexists with pain and stiffness that make basic tasks nearly impossible to accomplish, it’s vital to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Find out how the shoulder pain experts at AllCare Chiropractic can help diagnose and effectively treat the cause of your problem.
What is a frozen shoulder?
Your shoulder consists of three bones called the humerus, scapula, and clavicle that form a ball-and-socket joint, surrounded by a protective capsule.
Suppose the protective capsule becomes damaged due to an injury. In that case, it can cause scar tissue and adhesions to form around the joint, leading to pain, stiffness, and a diminished range of motion commonly referred to as frozen shoulder.
No official cause is known, but injuries causing scar tissue in your shoulder may be the result of:
- Workplace accidents
- Automobile accidents
- Sports-related injuries
- Incidents in your home
If your shoulder pain feels different than it usually does, or if it’s the first time you’ve experienced limited mobility alongside this type of stiffness and pain, it’s essential to look more closely at what’s going on.
Although there’s no definitive cause for a frozen shoulder, several known risk factors can contribute to one developing. Risks for this troubling condition are higher for women and those who are ages 40-60. Additional risks include:
- Autoimmune diseases
- Parkinson’s disease
- Endocrine disorders
- Heart disease
- Thyroid conditions
- Recent stroke or surgery
Treatment plans for a frozen shoulder vary depending upon the severity of pain and stiffness you experience. In the worst cases, you may need surgery.
Fortunately, there are treatment options available to help you avoid surgical intervention. If you seek treatment from our experts at AllCare Chiropractic, your options may involve a combination of the following:
- Manual manipulation
- Physical therapy
A temporary, limited range of motion is often a normal part of the wear-and-tear that comes with aging and living a full and active life. However, if you experience gradual pain and stiffness that interfere with your daily tasks, seek expert assistance to prevent the issue from worsening.
The shoulder pain experts at AllCare Chiropractic can help get you back to health. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment or use our handy online booking tool.