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Frozen Shoulder

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 9, 2006
  • 00:41 PM

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!!

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  • I was in a car accident in Feb, 2006 resulting in shoulder surgery for a small tear in the rotator cuff, an impingement, release of the bicep tendon and removal of an old bone spur. I developed frozen shoulder/adhesive capsulitis. I just had surgery to remove the joint capusle and other scar tissue with great results. Nine days after surgery and almost pain free. I could barely move before and spent tons of time in p.t. i'm in p.t. right now 5 days a week for three weeks, but then it will slack off. i recommend the surgery option.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 5, 2006
    • 06:21 AM
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  • Weeks after a car accident I was unable to raise my arm without pain. 1st doctor wanted to cut a ligament or tendon to free up my arm!!! 2nd opinion resulted in going under, and the doctor moved my arm tearing the soft tissue loose. He said he could hear it and feel it as he manipulated my shoulder and arm. Once free, therapy is important to keep the soft tissue from attaching too tightly again... You can do it yourself but it would be very painful. Good luck!:)
    jshanor 1 Replies
    • November 5, 2006
    • 10:28 AM
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  • I'm trying Trigenics(available in Canada) for my frozen shoulders. It consists of applying pressure on trigger points(painful knots inmuscle) while the therapist stretches your arm,neck, shoulder or back muscles.It seems to be helping the mobility but the treatments leave me sore so the jurys still out.I tried accupuncture. It gave me relief from pain for the day but no improvement in mobility.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 26, 2006
    • 07:47 PM
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  • My husband was diagnosed with Frozen Shoulder after having limited range and pain in his joint. It was attributed to a former injury he must have had at some point in his past. He went to PT for a few weeks with great results. It wasn't fun but they "thawed" his shoulder and he is back to normal.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 30, 2006
    • 08:11 PM
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