Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis is a condition in which the shoulder joint looses a substantial amount of it range of motion in all directions. The ranges of motion are limited in both active and passive ranges of motion and can be quite painful. Frozen shoulder is caused by inflammation, thickening, scarring and or shrinkage of the fibrous capsule surrounding the shoulder joint. This can be caused by a variety of shoulder injuries including tendinitis, bursitis and/or rotator cuff tears but it can also be caused by long periods of immobility. The most common range of motion affected are abduction and flexion both becoming very difficult above 90˚.

At Back to Back Chiropractic your chiropractor in San Jose we will use your medical history, a physical exam along with x-rays or an MRI if necessary to diagnose your condition. We will then use an aggressive course of therapy including, cold laser, electrical stimulation, range of motion exercise, ice, heat, adjusting, myofascial release and kinesio tape to restore normal motion. This therapy can take time and it is important to not rush strengthening exercise to avoid re-injuring the shoulder. A home care regime will then be prescribed to further reduce the risk of re-injury and maintain proper shoulder motion. If this is done correctly surgery should be avoidable.