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Resolution of Frozen Shoulder Following Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation

Min Shin D.C., Joel Alcantara, D.C.

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ December 3 ~ Pages 213-216


Objective: To describe the chiropractic care of a patient with shoulder pain and restricted range of motion.

Clinical Features: A 51-year-old male presented for chiropractic care with right shoulder pain and motion restriction that began 2 days prior with no known cause such as trauma or overuse. 

Intervention and Outcome: Chiropractic adjustments characterized as high velocity, low amplitude thrusts applied exclusively to the C1-C2 joint complex in the Cervical Chair resulted in immediate relief of shoulder pain and increased range of motion.

Conclusion: This case report provides support on the use of chiropractic adjustments directed to the upper cervical spine in patients with shoulder pain and dysfunction. We support further research in the care of similar patients.

Key words: Frozen shoulder, chiropractic, adjustments, vertebral subluxation