Frozen Shoulder also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that causes stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint.
The Mayo Clinic states that your risk of developing frozen shoulder increases if you are recovering from a medical condition or procedure that has prevented you from moving your arm for a period of time.
Frozen shoulder typically develops slowly, and in three stages. Each stage can last a number of months.
Freezing stage: Any movement of your shoulder causes pain, and your shoulder's range of motion starts to become limited.
Frozen stage: Pain may begin to diminish during this stage. However, your shoulder becomes stiffer, and using it becomes more difficult.
Thawing stage: The range of motion in your shoulder begins to improve.
The bones, ligaments and tendons that make up your shoulder joint are encased in a capsule of connective tissue. Frozen shoulder occurs when this capsule thickens and tightens around the shoulder joint, restricting its movement.
Doctors aren't sure why this happens to some people, although it's more likely to occur in people who have diabetes or those who recently had to immobilize their shoulder for a long period, such as after surgery or an arm fracture. - Courtesy of Mayo Clinic
A recent study done by Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine compared two acupuncture treatment protocols and determined that while both were effective a combined protocol of acupuncture and moxibustion produced superior patient outcomes. You can read the full study below.
We see patients that suffer from Frozen Shoulder quite often and with the use of acupuncture and in some cases in combination with orthopedic massage we can bring relief to those that have suffered from this condition for years.
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