November 20, 2023

Navigating the Stages of Frozen Shoulder

navigating the stages

Understanding, Identifying, and Seeking Relief

Shoulder pain can be more than just a physical discomfort. It can hinder your daily life and make usual activities challenging. One condition that underscores this is frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis. Frozen shoulder, characterized by pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint, can progress through several distinct stages, each with its unique characteristics and challenges. In this blog, we’ll delve into these stages, learn how to identify them and explore when it’s time to seek professional help from the team at Back To Wellness.

The Frozen Shoulder Stages

Frozen shoulder typically develops in three stages: the freezing stage, the frozen stage, and the thawing stage – all marked by particular symptoms. Here’s how to identify them:

1.   Freezing Stage

This initial phase is marked by a gradual onset of pain. As discomfort increases, the shoulder’s range of motion diminishes. Nighttime pain is common during this stage.

Identifying the Freezing Stage: Pain during specific movements or at night is a common indicator. You may find it harder to raise your arm or reach overhead.

2.   Frozen Stage

As the condition progresses, pain may stabilize, but stiffness remains pronounced. Simple tasks become challenging due to restricted mobility. Daily activities that involve reaching or lifting may cause discomfort.

Identifying the Frozen Stage: Persistent stiffness and limited range of motion define this stage. You might experience discomfort when performing even routine actions, such as getting dressed.

3.   Thawing Stage

Gradually, the shoulder’s range of motion begins to improve. The pain subsides, and mobility returns, albeit slowly. This stage can take several months to fully recover from, but it signals the journey toward healing.

Identifying the Thawing Stage: Gradual improvement in mobility and a reduction in pain are telltale signs. Activities that once caused severe discomfort become easier.

When to Seek Help

Early intervention can significantly impact your frozen shoulder’s progression. If you experience persistent pain or a noticeable decrease in shoulder mobility, it’s time to seek professional help. Consulting a specialist, like those here at Back To Wellness, can lead to timely and effective treatment.

Choose Back To Wellness for Frozen Shoulder Treatment

Here in Studio City, Back To Wellness stands out as a holistic therapy center dedicated to your well-being. With specialists who understand the unique challenges of the frozen shoulder phases, you’ll receive personalized care rooted in a comprehensive and holistic approach. Our treatments, ranging from chiropractic therapy and massage therapy to physiotherapy, are designed to alleviate pain, improve range of motion, and enhance your overall quality of life.

By choosing Back To Wellness, you’re opting for a partner committed to guiding you through the frozen shoulder stages and helping you reclaim pain-free mobility. Contact us today for a consultation.

Written by Doran Hendelman D.C.

Article written by Doran Hendelman D.C.

Doran Hendelman holds a Doctorate in Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College and his technique ranges from manual adjustments to low force technique. Dr. Hendelman is committed to treating the body as a whole and by integrating chiropractic with other forms of therapy he helps patients realize stronger and healthier bodies.

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