WHAT LEADS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF FROZEN SHOULDER?
It is Dr. Oolo-Austin’s contention that the above triad of causative circumstances (etiology), which create a “perfect storm” for the development of adhesive capsulitis (arthrofibrosis) frozen shoulder, need to simultaneously exist within the body for the adhesive capsulitis variety of frozen shoulder to develop.
According to his theory, a pre-existing lower neck disc pathology (or nerve compression) leads to interference with the transmission of motor signals (both movement and strength) to the muscles of the corresponding shoulder. This transmission interference weakens the musculature that surrounds the shoulder joint capsule.
When they first develop, these nerve or disc issues are often asymptomatic and undetected. When they reach the advanced stages, patients have symptoms of neck pain, upper shoulder pain, elbow/forearm pain, neck stiffness, headaches, or numbness in the hands.