If you can use your shoulder at all, it probably isn't frozen, just slightly frosty! LOL
This is the kind of issue that really takes a level of expertise that the layman just doesn't have. Even a doctor can miss something here... mine did! LOL It took a trip to the ER...
You may have torn a rotator cuff or have something as simple and uncomfortable as arthritis, or something else entirely... I find that I prefer my doctor's description to the definitions I saw when I googled it... my doctor defined a frozen shoulder as "immobile, due to inflammation and lack of proper use." What happens, apparently, is that there is inflammation due to an injury, improper use, or overworking of the joint, which results in pain: and, our reluctance to use the joint because it's sore increases the problem, allowing adhesions to form, which basically kind of glue the moving parts together.
I was told that yes, cortisone (injected into the joint itself) can reduce swelling and inflammation, and IF THAT'S THE PROBLEM, it will help-- but it won't address the adhesion issue so it isn't always effective as a treatment. Sometimes the only way is to go in surgically and break up the adhesions... a viable solution of course, but not one most of us want to face, especially when there are exercises you can do, if you catch things in the early stages... they're painful, but they do work and will break up small adhesions in the process. I know, I do them two to four times a week, when I'm on target with my workout routine.
I know it can be expensive, but it were me, I'd talk to my doctor, maybe suggest an xray or ultrasound to make sure I am not making more problems for myself by trying to self-diagnose. I actually thought I'd torn my rotator cuff again, and went to the ER because it was sudden like a new injury. Turns out, it wasn't that at all but something rather unusual. I have a VITAMIN D deficiency due to poor kidney function, which caused a parathyroid issue, which in turn caused granular calcium deposits in the muscles and tendons that were apparently shifting when I move, pressing on nerves in the process--plus I also apparently have some moderate arthritic deterioration in the AC joints on BOTH shoulders. It was a relief in a way, to know-- but... Yuck.
I was told to continue doing the exercises, and just take pain meds and/or ice things up really good when the swelling got bad--I can't take NSAIDS because of the kidney issue that causes the vitamin D deficiency that caused... catch 22. LOL The Vit.D issue has been addressed, but I don't know if that will dissolve the calcium deposits or if I'm stuck with them. So far, it feels like I'm stuck... lol
I always start with warmups, either a light set of upper body "aerobic" stuff, or a heating pad... Then ice up the joint afterward, to reduce any swelling.
The last couple of months have been a major setback for me, but I'm ready to start doing them again, myself, so I can try sending along my list of exercises, if you like. Just sparkmail me, and I'll go look them up. I do them from memory, myself, but I couldn't tell you what they're called... LOL
Anyone else have personal experience of this frozen joint thing?
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