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Frozen Shoulder

Pain Relief Center Studio City

Chiropractor located in Studio City, CA

Are you experiencing shoulder pain? Is your shoulder less flexible than it used to be? You may be suffering from a frozen shoulder, which tends to worsen over time and then slowly resolve. At Pain Relief Center Studio City in Los Angeles, California, experienced chiropractor Ron Marinaro, DC, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of frozen shoulder. He develops a personalized treatment plan to reduce your pain and restore function. To schedule your evaluation, call the office or book online today.

Frozen Shoulder Q & A

What is a frozen shoulder?

A frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that causes shoulder pain and stiffness that worsens over time. With a frozen shoulder, your shoulder capsule thickens, tightens, and stiffens, and thick bands of tissue called adhesions form. 

After a period of worsening symptoms, you may notice some improvements. But it can take up three years to fully recover from a frozen shoulder.

Frozen shoulder most commonly occurs in adults between the ages of 40 and 60. You may be at greater risk of developing the shoulder condition if you have a history of diabetes. 

What are the symptoms of frozen shoulder?

Frozen shoulder develops in stages, and your symptoms may change as you go through each stage.

Freezing stage

Pain is the primary symptom during the freezing stage. Over the next several weeks or months, your pain worsens and your shoulder becomes stiff and more difficult to move.

Frozen stage

During the frozen stage, your pain symptoms may lessen. However, your shoulder stiffness continues. This stage may last up to six months. 

Thawing stage

Shoulder mobility slowly improves during the thawing stage, which may last six months to two years. 

How is my frozen shoulder diagnosed?

Dr. Marinaro specializes in the diagnosis of frozen shoulder. He finds that many people experience shoulder pain and loss of mobility, but they can’t get the right diagnosis or treatment. 

When you come in to see him with symptoms that sound like frozen shoulder he conducts a thorough evaluation to fully understand the cause of your symptoms so you get the most effective treatment plan.

During your exam, Dr. Marinaro reviews your symptoms and when they started. He also asks questions about your medical history and performs a physical exam, paying close attention to the affected shoulder and your spine.

Dr. Marinaro may also request X-rays or an MRI to confirm or rule out other causes to explain your symptoms.

What are the treatments for frozen shoulder?

Dr. Marinaro develops a treatment plan for the management of your frozen shoulder. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Nutrition therapy
  • In-office rehabilitation program
  • At-home rehabilitation program
  • Pulsed electromagnetic therapy

He schedules regular follow-up appointments to provide the treatment you need to reduce shoulder pain and improve mobility. He continues to work with you until you’ve fully recovered from your frozen shoulder. 

If you have shoulder pain and can’t raise your arm above your head, it’s time to schedule a frozen shoulder consultation at Pain Relief Center Studio City. Call the office or book an appointment online today.