I fractured my collarbone in March 2006. My doctor treated it conservatively, even though he knew from the beginning that it would possibly not heal as the bone was sticking up, they called it a severe step. I wore a sling for 6 weeks and did exactly as told...I didn't move my arm. Once the sling was removed, I couldn't move my arm without severe pain and my mobility was severely restricted. I was diagnosed with adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) and sent to physical therapy. Ten weeks later, my arm and shoulder were still severely restricted and the clavicle was still broken. I had surgery on July 25th to repair the clavicle with a titanium plate and screws and he also manipulated the shoulder.
It is now 7 weeks post surgery and my shoulder is tightening up worse. I began physical therapy again 3 weeks ago and was told last week at my check up that if the shoulder doesn't loosen up, I'll need another surgery to assist the recovery. I am doing the exercises almost every hour and I sit in the jacuzzi with the jets directly on the muscles for 20 min., once a day.
Has anyone else suffered from this? Incidentally, the clavicle is finally healing, however the plate is a bit uncomfortable still and it tightens up during the exercises. I also have incredible neck pain now...which the doctor attributes to the frozen shoulder. I only hope that he didn't mess up a nerve when he put the plate in.
Any suggestions or testimonies are greatly appreciated. I just want to get off the pain meds and resume to an active lifestyle again!!