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New Research Sheds Light on Chiropractic and Frozen Shoulder
Research Reveals Chiropractic May Help
ATLANTA, Georgia – September 1, 2020
Recent research reported in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research on a female with frozen shoulder due to a fall showed that chiropractic may play an important role in managing these patients and calls for more research in this area.
“Research indicates that shifts in the structure of the spine may impact function, suggesting that these structural shifts may be a factor in a number of disorders, like frozen shoulder.” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy, a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study.
McCoy stated, “It’s simple when you think about it because nerves from the neck control the muscles of the neck, upper back, and shoulder and the result of adjustments to the neck yielded dramatic improvement with little residual shoulder pain in this case.”
This study describes a 69-year-old female with frozen shoulder due to a fall, fracturing her right arm. She also had decreased range of motion in the neck and shoulder pain. She was not healing as expected, so additional imaging showed degeneration, confirmed the fracture, and showed mild muscle wasting. The pain was so great, she stopped using the arm to avoid the pain.
The chiropractor examined her and found structural shifts in her neck, shoulder, arm, upper back, low back, and pelvis. X-rays and other testing confirmed these findings. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.
Following chiropractic adjustments, she had improved neck, shoulder, and arm range of motion. The shoulder pain decreased, and she was able to raise her arm unassisted. She was able to write in her journal, do some arts and crafts, get in and out the pool, and reach behind her back for the first time since the fracture. She reported increased energy, improved sleep, and better overall wellbeing.
The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in this population.
Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research
Dr Pulver's Notes:
While many patients may not think of chiropractic care when it comes to shoulder issues, it is an issue I see in the office several times per week. For some, it is a frozen shoulder diagnosis with surgery recommended. Others, it may be weightlifting issues that have led to the shoulder feeling off. No matter the issue, if there is nerve irritation or obstruction coming from a structural shift in the neck, that will change how the neck and shoulder move, how the nerves communicate to the muscles, and the range of motion of the area. If you are having shoulder issues, please consider a consultation to see if our office would make a good part of your care team!
Dr. Evan Pulver