A frozen shoulder occurs when an injury to the shoulder causes the individual to restrict the movement of the shoulder consciously or unconsciously. Unfortunately, the shoulder capsule scars down making the decreased range of motion near permanent.
Not in the beginning. In fact, if used at this stage, prolotherapy can make things worse. So what can be done? We have developed a protocol by which Dr. Breton and Dr. Westaway work together to anesthetize the shoulder with local anesthetic and then manipulate the shoulder to break the adhesions. With regular physiotherapy sessions between treatments, we are able to see tremendous progress in short order. Most patients regain normal function with about 3 treatment sessions spaced 2-4 weeks apart each.
Once mobility has been restored, we can now treat the underlying injury which caused the frozen shoulder in the first place with prolotherapy.