Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis) Condition

Treatment for frozen shoulder includes osteopathic manipulation, stretches, and other therapies to loosen tightness in the shoulder joint, improve mobility, alleviate numbness, and reduce pain.


Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis) Treatment in New York City

Osteopathic treatment for frozen shoulder includes stretches, manual manipulation, and other techniques that loosen tight tissue around the joint, increase mobility, and reduce pain.

What is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, is a painful shoulder condition that typically involves discomfort and stiffness around the shoulder joint. Unlike many shoulder ailments, this one can take time to develop and can become quite painful before it resolves itself. The condition tends to progress in three stages, with each characterized by their own symptoms. Those stages include the freezing stage, the frozen stage, and the thawing stage. Together, those three stages of progressive freezing and thawing can last for anywhere from a year to more than four years.

Frozen shoulder occurs when the shoulder capsule thickens and tightens to the point where it loses its range of motion. That capsule is made up of all the tissue that surrounds your shoulder joint. When it becomes thicker and tighter, two things happen: scar tissue forms and the amount of lubricating synovial fluid drops. Those effects combine to reduce mobility, which increases the pain and stiffness.

While this condition generally resolves itself, osteopathic care can help to relieve symptoms and expedite the healing process.

What Causes this Condition?

Medical science has yet to determine the exact causes for this shoulder condition. However, they have identified risk factors that can help patients understand when they might be more prone to suffering from adhesive capsulitis:

  • Injuries and temporary disabilities. Patients who have suffered a broken arm, rotator cuff injury, or stroke are at increased risk.
  • Pre-existing diseases. A variety of different diseases may make patients more susceptible to this capsule tightening, including diabetes, Parkinson’s, thyroid diseases, cardiovascular ailments.
  • Immobility during recovery from surgery, stroke, or injuries.

What Are the Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder?

As noted, the symptoms associated with this condition can change depending on its progression. The three stages and their symptoms include:

  • The Freezing Stage. During this stage of the condition, there is pain in the shoulder when it moves, as well as some loss of mobility. The pain tends to become more severe over weeks and months. Finally, the stage usually lasts between six to nine months.
  • The Frozen Stage. At this stage, the pain usually subsides somewhat as the shoulder stiffens even more. Range of motion is dramatically impaired and can inhibit normal daily functions. Patients typically experience this stage for between four and twelve months.
  • The Thawing Stage. In this final stage, things begin to return to normal as the pain subsides even more and range of motion begins to dramatically improve. This is often the longest stage of the process, lasting from six months to two years.

In addition to pain and limited mobility, patients can experience dull aches and sleeplessness. Osteopathic care can be an effective way to address these symptoms.

How We Can Help

Leonid Tafler, D.O. can provide the osteopathic treatment you need to relieve pain, improve mobility and range of motion, and expedite your body’s natural healing process. Treatment options can include manual manipulation, appropriate exercises, and lifestyle changes.


Shoulder Conditions

Shoulder-related conditions can be due to wear and tear, injury, or repetitive use, and can result in pain, loss of mobility, numbness, and tingling in the upper extremities.

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If you are experiencing these symptoms, please contact us today. We can schedule an appointment, confirm your diagnosis, and prepare a treatment plan that can help you overcome pain and stiffness and regain your lost quality of life.

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Frozen Shoulder Treatment Reviews

Margaret Sowa
Margaret Sowa
Hotel General Manager Brooklyn, NY

Through the years, every one treated by Dr. Tafler has had very positive and lasting results. I can't thank him enough for myself, my mom and for every dear person to my heart I sent to him. 🙂 Thank you Doctor! Words can't express what you've done and how many lives have changed. God bless you.

Boris Talis
Boris Talis
Four-time champion of the world in Sambo Combat. Black belt 6th Degree

I am a whole hardheartedly grateful to Dr.Tafler for this timely help in recovering the moving function of my shoulder joint. This helped me a win a gold medal and become the Champion of the world in Sambo combat in Greece 2012. I always tell my collegues and student to turn to the excellent and kind Dr. Leonid Tafler in case of any accident or injury.


Dr. Tafler started working with me though acupuncture, back adjustments and immediately I saw the progress and my pain was less and less with every visit to the doctor. I avoided a surgery thanks to Dr Tafler. I started to enjoy my life again. I am so thankful to the doctor, and have been recommending Dr Tafler to all my friends and coworkers who have back problems and other pains.

Thomas Rayder

Dr. Tafler recommended the OMT under anesthesia procedure. The procedure was performed and alleviated my pain immediately. I avoided surgery and have not had problems with my neck in 7 years now! I am so thankful to Dr. Tafler, the OMT under anesthesia procedure helped me so much!

Elizabeth Blend

Dr. Tafler took me in for a weekend to receive manipulation under anesthesia. Two weeks later I was able to walk without pain. I have been pain free since that moment until today, many years after initial treatment. Without his treatment I do not know if I would have been able to walk at all.

Hugo Barriga

Doctor Tafler, was my savior and there is not doubt he give me my back life; this OMT under anesthesia definitely recommend to everyone, this improve my back and relief a chronic pain. Try this before any aggressive treatment, this was over 5 years ago and I feel splendidly.


Two weeks ago I came to his office. He is a very nice and very pleasant man. I told him about a terrible pain in my back. He gave me two injections and I was able to walk a lot better. I felt myself at my twenties. When I went for the second treatment under anesthesia, I was running up the stairs at my church. All my friends got very happy for me. So, I believe, this man is a hero! If not him, I would not be able to walk!