Frozen Shoulder2017-07-31T04:32:51+00:00

Frozen Shoulder Syndrome helped by Vibration Wave

Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

frozen shoulder syndromeThe term frozen shoulder syndrome encompasses a wide variety of restrictive shoulder disorders and can also be referred to as adherent bursitis, pericapsulitis, obliterative bursitis and periarthritis. Regardless of what it is called, manipulation of the joint and physiotherapy are needed to resolve the lack of mobility.

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a malady that affects 2-3{9af40bf80e52f11aa5d7472b6ee2426c1e641e46093dbc3d29b8bc21a0ebb17e} of the population. Often the main indicator is initial pain in the joint and decreased mobility. Frozen shoulder syndrome can affect people of any age from children to adulthood, but is most commonly diagnosed in people ranging from 40 – 70 years of age, predominantly women.

The shoulder joint itself is called a ball and socket joint. Ligaments, tendons and muscles work together to provide support, strength and the wide range of motion that enables us to move our arms and hands in a variety of positions in order to complete tasks. All the functions of the shoulder can be compromised by underlying inflammatory diseases and misuse. The specific causes of frozen shoulder perplex are varied and largely still unknown, but onset begins with initial pain, followed by restriction in mobility and finally recovery.

Frozen shoulder syndrome can often be referred to as insidious in nature. The symptoms and development of the disorder are slow and can take up to a year or two to set in. Often patients will experience pain that will increase over time. As chemical changes take place in the shoulder joint, thick strands of tissue called adhesions form and begin to restrict mobility. The lubricating synovial capsule in the shoulder joint thickens and provides less lubrication. By the time the sufferer begins to notice a significant issue in lack of mobility, the disorder has set in and requires treatment.

The good news is that although the causes of frozen shoulder are varied, treatment is straight forward and the disorder can be resolved. Often clinicians, including our experienced and caring staff, can provide the correct manipulation and physiotherapy to help you regain mobility and resolve the disorder. Contact our office so we can address your condition immediately.

Causes of Frozen Shoulder
Adhesive capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder Syndrome) can be attributed to misuse and injury, myocardial infarction, upper torso surgery, such as arm and shoulder surgery or mastectomy, and even lack of use. When the shoulder joint goes unused and remains in the same position for long periods of time, such as when a patient is placed in a sling or unable to use their arm, the joint tightens and mobility is decreased. An autoimmune response in the area may cause the joint to stiffen and restrict the joint causing the initial pain. When the initial pain is not addressed, the inflammatory nature of the disorder will progress and adhesions form in the joint further restricting mobility and increasing the level of pain.

Frozen Shoulder Syndrome ……  Due to Systemic Disorders
A large population of patients who suffer from systemic diseases may be more likely to develop frozen shoulder. These systemic diseases include those who suffer from thyroid disorders such as hyperthyroid and hypothyroid, both overactive and underactive thyroid function. Other diseases include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, tuberculosis and Parkinson’s Disease. Frozen shoulder treatment related to these diseases is paramount and the importance of early diagnosis followed by early manipulation and treatment are necessary, because more drastic treatments are often times not an option. Our chiropractic staff are experts in diagnosing and treating the issue to help resolve your pain and regain your range of motion, so you may return to a normal routine.

Frozen Shoulder Syndrome in Surgical Patients
Patients who have recently gone through shoulder surgery such as rotator cuff repair or repair to the labrum, one of the many tendons in the shoulder, may experience frozen shoulder. Patients who have had recent mastectomy or cardiovascular surgery are at risk, as well. The reason they are more susceptible to the disorder is lack of use of the shoulder. When the shoulder remains in the same position for a prolonged period of time, the joint stiffens and the pain sets in.

Once the surgical site heals sufficiently, physiotherapy and chiropractic manipulation are highly recommended to help return range of motion to the joint and reduce pain. Our office can develop a program for you that will reduce the pain and increase the range of motion over a healthy period so you can return to a normal schedule in you life.

Chiropractic Treatment of Frozen Shoulder Syndrome
Chiropractic therapy for frozen shoulder can produce the results you need and resolve your frozen shoulder. We will evaluate your baseline range of motion and pain level to develop a plan tailored to you. Hard work is the key. Failure to work on stretching in the office as well as at home can delay the recovery process. Your need to be committed to get well. I’ve personally done it and can share with you the success I had.

Sources:
http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/related-conditions/frozen-shoulder.html
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/frozen-shoulder/DS00416/DSECTION=risk-factors http://www.aafp.org/afp/990401ap/1843.html http://www.healthgrouponline.com/frozenshoulder.html

Conditions & Symptoms

Vibration Wave Therapy after Knee Replacement Surgery

“I had a knee replacement surgery in February 2011 and following that I went through 100 therapy rehabilitation sessions. My knee started to tighten up through all that with scar tissue formation.

I came to Dr. Hawn about a month ago for a neck problem primarily. During my initial consultation he inquired about my knee because I had written down that there was a problem there. He then recommended the Vibration Wave therapy for me in regards to the knee. Since receiving the very first treatment I’ve been able to exercise it much more easily and with less pain, and more mobility.

It certainly work for me

The vibration wave therapy seems to be very relaxing for the muscles and tendons. It greatly took away the stress that I had because I was developing very tight tendons following the surgery. I received   four or five treatments and the tightness has lessened quite a bit.

I hope to recover even better from here on out.”

Mike Forslund

Dr. Hawn gave me practical, everyday stretches to maximize my adjustments

“I’ve gone to Chiropractors since I was 12 years old for chronic headaches and shoulder pain. I lived in Guam for a number of years where I thought I had found the best Chiro ever. Then I moved to Southern California and met Dr. Hawn. He not only helped me more than my last Chiropractor but he was very informative and explained to me why I was having problems.

He gave me practical, everyday stretches to maximize my adjustments. I went from having to get adjusted every week or so to every few months or so. He also tells great stories; my personal favorite is about the 3 day old baby and the dog.”

Melane Waller
San Clemente

Low Back and Neck Spasms

“Dr. Chris has been my “go-to” chiropractor for more than twenty years I developed painful lower back and neck spasms after law school, due to years of intensive studying.  To cope with this  problem, I received regular chiropractic treatments which brought significant relief.

In my business I am either in meetings sitting down or in front of a computer for most of the day. This frequently aggravates my neck and back sensitivities.

I feel I can contact Dr. Chris at almost any time and he will be there to help. I always appreciate Dr. Chris’ honest opinions and candid advice about the natural remedies and supplements that benefit many symptoms.  Dr. Chris is down-to-earth, very knowledgeable and takes the time to explain the physiological reasons for your health issues.  I highly recommend Dr. Chris Hawn to anyone who wants to learn the natural way of how to get well and stay well.”

Diane Rifkin Esq.
Attorney Recruiter

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