Frozen Shoulder – Podcast Interview with Dr. Chris Serafini

Topic:  Frozen Shoulder

Below you will find an easy to read transcript of Dr. Chris Serafini’s interview on the razorcast™ monthly podcast.  You can click the video to listen to the podcast or simply read the transcript below.  Enjoy!

Podcast Interview:                                                          

RC: Hello everyone, this is Liz Harvey coming to you from our razorcast™ studios in New York City where we are dedicated to bringing you top quality advice from many of the leading expert professionals across the United States.

In today’s episode, we are speaking with Dr. Chris Serafini. Dr. Serafini is the founder of Valley Spinal Care Kierland in Scottsdale, Arizona. A Pennsylvania native, Dr. Chris Serafini is a graduate of Life University in Georgia, though you may best know him from his Channel 3 health news series, “12 Days to Fitness.” Dr. Serafini has also served as the Official Chiropractor of the Gateway Pro Golf Tour.

Dr. Serafini is widely considered to be one of the top chiropractors in the country and he is also a contributing member of our national network of industry professionals.

Today we are going to talk about a very important topic: Frozen Shoulder

RC: How are you today, Dr. Serafini?

I’m great Liz, how are you?

Question 1: What is frozen shoulder syndrome and what can cause it?

RC: I’m doing great. Thanks so much for joining us and today’s first question is: What is frozen shoulder syndrome and what can cause it?

Dr. Chris Serafini: Great question. Frozen shoulder syndrome is really characterized by a stiffness and pain and mostly associated with a severe limited range of motion in the shoulder. So just stiffness and pain doesn’t necessarily categorize it as frozen shoulder but it’s really the severe limited range of motion. That’s why we reference it – it’s almost frozen like you can’t move it. And what can cause it, it’s difficult to say. We don’t really know what causes it. Sometimes injuries or after surgeries, different things like that. But we don’t really know exactly what the cause is.

Question 2: Is it true that frozen shoulder is more common in women?

RC: Alright and do you know if it’s true that frozen shoulder is more common in women.

Dr. Chris Serafini: According to the statistics. I mean that’s what everybody leans towards and that’s what the numbers say. In my thirteen years clinically (my experience), I haven’t necessarily noticed that. It’s pretty prevalent male or female is what I’ve seen as far as my clinical experience. But according to the literature, that’s what they say, it’s more common in women.

Question 3: Can range of motion be fully restored?

RC: And can range of motion in your shoulder be fully restored?

Dr. Chris Serafini: Absolutely. For instance, on our website we actually have videos before and after and you see patients with severe limited range of motion in their shoulder and just a few minutes later, we have another video of the patient with restored 100% range of motion. So the answer is yes, it can absolutely be restored 100% – in most cases.

Question 4: Can Frozen Shoulder Syndrome be prevented?

RC: Great that’s fantastic and can frozen shoulder syndrome be prevented?

Dr. Chris Serafini: Once again, another really good question but somewhat difficult to answer because we don’t know exactly specifically why people get frozen shoulder. It’s kind of hard to say what we can do to prevent it. My case and what I would suggest is really get yourself checked out by a chiropractor. Chiropractors are really experts with joint manipulation and the biomechanics of joints and if you start to feel some sort of pain or restrictions or stiffness, your best bet is really just go get checked first before it turns into frozen shoulder. Frozen shoulder is a slow developing problem. So if you catch it before it gets severe you usually have great results.

Question 5: Do you recommend exercises after treating someone for Frozen Shoulder?

RC:  Okay and do you recommend exercises after treating someone for frozen shoulder?

Dr. Chris Serafini: I do and I think the rationale for that is the exercises are going to help maintain that range of motion because (once again) frozen shoulder is that limited range of motion, pain, stiffness. So if you continue exercising after the treatment, after getting it corrected, you can ward off it coming back again through those range of motion exercises.

RC: Greatl well thank you so much Dr. Serafini. We know you are extremely busy so I just want to thank you for your time and help today.

Dr. Chris Serafini: Absolutely. Glad to help.

RC: Thanks and for our listeners across the country, if you are interested in speaking with Dr. Chris Serafini, you can either go online at or call (480) 443-7678 to schedule an appointment.

On behalf of our entire team at razorcast™, we want to thank you for listening and we look forward to bringing you more top quality content from our country’s leading industry professionals.

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