Frozen Shoulder Treatment in Chicago
An Innovative Frozen Shoulder Treatment Available at Ravenswood Chiropractic in Chicago
Suffering from a frozen shoulder can cause unbearable pain and stop you from doing the activities you love. At Ravenswood Chiropractic in Chicago, we offer Radial Shockwave Therapy to quickly and safely reduce the pain associated with frozen shoulder so you can return to active life.
What is a Frozen Shoulder?
Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that causes pain and stiffness in your shoulder and can significantly limit your range of motion. The joint capsule becomes inflamed, and adhesions become tight and stiff over 1-3 months. It can last several years without treatment, and the patient may never regain full functioning. But with the correct treatment, the sooner, the better; a frozen shoulder may resolve in 9 months.
Radial Shockwave Therapy for Frozen Shoulder
Ravenswood Chiropractic offers an innovative, non-invasive treatment for frozen shoulder patients called radial shockwave therapy. This breakthrough technique works by sending powerful pressure sound waves through your shoulder tissue to break down scar tissue and stimulate the healing process allowing for a return of range of motion and decreased pain. Radial shockwave therapy has been proven highly effective in relieving pain and inflammation associated with frozen shoulder and is a safe alternative to traditional medical procedures, including injections, manipulation under anesthesia, or surgery.
Physical Therapy For Frozen Shoulder
Physical therapy is an essential part of recovery for frozen shoulder patients. We offer a comprehensive physical therapy program at Ravenswood Chiropractic to support your radial shockwave therapy treatment. Our program is designed to target the affected muscles and joints in the shoulder, retraining them to help improve flexibility and range of motion. As a result, you can expect enhanced mobility and reduced frozen shoulder-related pain with consistent physical therapy treatments.
Myofascial Release for Frozen Shoulder
Myofascial release is a component of our physical therapy program for frozen shoulder. It is highly effective for treating shoulder pain associated with a frozen shoulder, including tightness and decreased range of motion. During myofascial release treatment, our licensed massage therapists will use light pressure to relax the affected muscles and help promote better body movement. We customize this treatment depending on your unique needs, providing relief and improved mobility in the shoulder joint for greater quality of life.
Acupuncture for Frozen Shoulder Pain
Many of our patients add Acupuncture to their frozen shoulder treatment plan. Acupuncture offers a promising natural remedy for this condition, often providing substantial relief from even long-term frozen shoulders.
How can Acupuncture help treat a frozen shoulder?
Acupuncture is a non-invasive, drug-free therapy that can reduce pain and promote healing in the shoulder joint. During an acupuncture session, tiny needles are inserted into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow and improve the body’s natural healing ability. In addition, cupping may be used to increase blood circulation and release tension. Studies suggest that Acupuncture can reduce inflammation, relieve muscle tension and spasms, and restore normal mobility to the shoulder joint – all of which can help reverse frozen shoulder symptoms over time.
Other benefits of Acupuncture include greater relaxation, improved sleep, and better overall well-being.
Home Care for Frozen Shoulder
As part of the healing process for a frozen shoulder, you may also do some home treatments between your visits to our clinic. You can use ice or heat to help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. Depending on the phase and severity of your frozen shoulder, we may provide simple stretching exercises that you can do at home to help improve the mobility and flexibility of the affected joint. Additionally, we may give light resistance exercises with a band or light weights to increase strength and promote long-term results.
A frozen shoulder is a common, painful condition that restricts the movement of your shoulder joint. It can be caused by diabetes, immobilization after an arm fracture or surgery, and increases in risk for women and those over 40.
All successful treatment plans begin with an accurate diagnosis. At Ravenswood Chiropractic in Chicago, our chiropractic physicians start with a comprehensive physical exam to assess the range of motion and pain levels. During the exam, your chiropractor will move your arm around in different directions and have you perform specific movements to check the active range of motion.
Signs and Symptoms
Frozen shoulder, also known as ‘adhesive capsulitis,’ is a condition causing pain and stiffness in the shoulder that can often be difficult to treat. Symptoms tend to develop gradually over three stages, and if you are located in Chicago, various treatment options are available at our office, including radial shockwave therapy.
Frozen shoulder is a condition that is characterized by decreased range of motion, pain, and swelling. The first symptom usually experienced is intense pain with any movement or even during rest, which may worsen at night, disrupting sleep. Typically patients say, “my shoulder is sore and achy, but I don’t know what I did to it.”
A frozen shoulder occurs when the shoulder becomes reduced or stiff over time due to injury, trauma, or other medical conditions.
Treatment for this condition includes Radial Shockwave and physical therapy to restore range of motion and strength. Gradually increasing activity and movement is critical, as well as stretching, strengthening exercises, and soft tissue mobilization techniques. With proper treatment, symptoms can be resolved effectively.
Schedule A Free Consultation to See If Radial Shockwave Therapy Can Help Your Shoulder Pain
If you’re living in Chicago and experiencing the painful symptoms of a frozen shoulder, schedule a free consultation with one of our chiropractic physicians to see if Radial Shockwave Therapy can help you.