Frozen shoulder, medically referred to as adhesive capsulitis, is a disorder in which the shoulder capsule, the connective tissue surrounding the glenohumeral joint of the shoulder, becomes inflamed and stiff, greatly restricting motion and causing chronic pain.
Adhesive capsulitis is a painful and disabling condition that often causes great frustration for patients and caregivers due to slow recovery. Movement of the shoulder is severely restricted. Pain is usually constant, worse at night, and when the weather is colder; and along with the restricted movement can make even small tasks impossible. Certain movements or bumps can cause sudden onset of tremendous pain and cramping that can last several minutes.
This condition, for which an exact cause is unknown, can last from five months to three years or more and is thought in some cases to be caused by injury or trauma to the area. It is believed that it may have an autoimmune component, with the body attacking healthy tissue in the capsule. There is also a lack of fluid in the joint, further restricting movement.
In addition to difficulty with everyday tasks, people who suffer from adhesive capsulitis usually experience problems sleeping for extended periods due to pain that is worse at night and restricted movement/positions. The condition also can lead to depression, pain, and problems in the neck and back.
At Chronic Care of Richmond, we truly feel like our Frozen Shoulder program is second to none. Dr. Snyder is a Registered Trigenics Physician (RTP) and has had phenomenal success with this problem. Trigenics is a hands-on, functional neurology technique, which helps to reset the way the muscles of the shoulder girdle allow the joint to move.
Many Frozen Shoulder patients are frequently amazed at how quickly we can improve range of motion and decrease pain with our program. If accepted, you will experience the Trigenics Myoneural Reduction Therapy and will also most likely have Cold Laser Therapy.
You will be given a full assessment to determine what types of treatment are necessary for you to get back the shoulders you’ve been missing for so long.
There is hope!