DR. OOLO-AUSTIN’S THEORY ON WHAT CAUSES 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.
His theory is that a lower neck disc or other neck condition often first exists which causes some compression of the nerves in the lower neck. This leads to interference with the transmission of motor (movement and strength) signals to the muscles of the corresponding shoulder. This transmission interference causes some of the shoulder muscles to be weaker than normal.
This condition is often completely undetected and asymptomatic. But patients in its advanced stages have symptoms of neck pain, upper shoulder pain, elbow/forearm pain, neck stiffness, headaches, or numbness in the hands. When a person strains or injures a muscle or tendon, the body responds with protective inflammation (swelling) in the area which also enhances the healing response. This inflammatory response is mediated by the immune system of the body which is closely linked to and governed by the hormonal (endocrine) system.