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A 37-year-old member asked:

i've been using physical therapy to treat frozen shoulder. does anyone recommend seeing a chiropractor as well? pros? cons?

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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Frozen Shoulder: Frozen shoulder syndrome (fss) (adhesive capsulitis) can be a really difficult condition to work through. Many patients will benefit from physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications. Most cases will resolve over months, but some are more resistant. Visiting a chiropractor is a personal choice, but you may want to review the suggested treatment with your pt/physician before actually doing it.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
No: This condition has nothing to do with an abnormal spinal or other musculoskeletal alignment. If you are going to see anybody other than a therapist, it should be an orthopaedic surgeon. Steroid injections my also be helpful. Manipulation with or without arthroscopy is the definitive treatment if conservative management fails. This may take a year to resolve by itself.
Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Watch this video: Adhesive capsulitis is, at its core, an inflammatory process. While chiropractic treatments can be complementary and facilitate pain relief, treating the inflammation gets to the root problem. Watch this video (http://youtu.Be/h-umxi8yi0e) for a complete discussion of the causes of and treatment of adhesive capsulitis.

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Do you think I should get closed manipulation, physical therapy every day, or a brace to bend my knee?

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