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Fixing Disabling Adhesive Capsulitis Otherwise Known as Frozen Shoulder With Exercise
The Joys of Adhesive Capsulitis Otherwise Known as Frozen Shoulder
A frozen shoulder creeps up on you like winter. You will not notice the loss of ranger of motion but simply think your arms are getting shorter. Things will be out of your grasp put you will simply stand on a chair or place things in your reach. But it will not be sudden but a slow gradual process which is a problem for a person like myself who has literally walked around with broken bones for six weeks before realizing it and then had to go back and get them set. Usually only hairline fractures but none the less normal people realize when they have broken a bone.
I remember it was the Fall before my Mother was diagnosed with Cancer. I was playing ball outside in the backyard with my son. I was throwing over hand and I felt a rip right through the back of my rotator cuff. When I saw the doctor later he explained it was torn before but the final blow was throwing a baseball too hard. I was trying to teach my son baseball. I digress.
We were set to leave for Cleveland which was 831 nautical miles from where we lived. I had taken care of all the packing as I always did and I remember thinking my shoulder kind of hurts. I live in Florida and when it is about to rain I feel it everywhere in my body. Hurricane season is a blast of pain for me.
We flew into John Hopkins airport and I carried everything and my shoulder hurt a bit but not badly. It was about 50 degrees in Cleveland. I unpacked and went to stock up on provisions for the 48 hour trip. I haven’t flown in several years but it was during the time when liquids weren’t allow to be carried on planes and my son likes his juices. I returned from the quaintest little grocery store in Cleveland just before it began snowing. I love snow. My son loves it as well. I guess it is because we live in a place where it doesn’t snow. I noticed I was having trouble moving my arm. I had no idea what was wrong but I hadn’t been hurt so I thought it would go away. I went to bed that night and slept well.
I woke in the middle of the night in dire pain. I could not move my arm at all. I knew I had a tear in the rotator cuff but my shoulder was completely frozen and it hurt terribly. Fortunately we were at the Cleveland Clinic. I asked the hotel were I could receive medical attention the referred me to the ER. The ER informed me I had a frozen shoulder, adhesive capsulitis and arthritis. Apparently the snow, which I love so much, was not helping my frozen shoulder. They were really nice. They gave me something for the pain but told me it would be a long recovery. They are so sweet in Cleveland. I begged for a manipulation. I knew I could be put in twilight sleep and they could manipulate my shoulder and rip up the adhesions. It was perhaps the most painful journey I had ever been on and I had to pack everything. While my Mother wasn’t diagnosed yet I knew she was not well and far too thin to do any heavy lifting so I did it all. And my Mother was a tough trooper.
So I flew home to Florida and I go see my local friendly Orthopedic Surgeon and I ask for the manipulation. He declines and puts me in physical therapy. I told him I really wasn’t interested in paying for physical therapy when I knew I could be put out and the adhesions could be ripped up. I would attend therapy after he ripped up my adhesions. He agreed but insisted I go to strength training before surgery for a week. One week turned into two weeks and two weeks turned into three. The whole time I knew my Mother was sick. I desperately needed to be well for her. We were both waiting for this guy to put me out and fix my shoulder so I could care for her. But it is Florida and this guy went to medical school in Virginia. We have a lot of doctors from Virginia here. He refused. He insisted I would be better off learning how to rip up my own adhesions instead of relying upon him. And for the next several weeks and with pain medication that is exactly what I did. I ripped up my own adhesions in my shoulder.
When I did it I could hear them tear but I was desperate to help my Mother as quickly as possible. My orthopedic surgeon tried a manipulation without anesthesia. Wow, I will never see that guy again!! I quit. I got my shoulder back functional enough to serve my Mother through two years of end stage cancer care but I was in pain the entire time. I just pushed through it but it I wasn’t in a very good mood.
Now my other shoulder is going. I am spending each day ripping up adhesions. I am told that my brain will not allow my body to hurt itself but I have such a high pain tolerance by the time I realize I have pain I am pretty hurt. The great news is my other shoulder feels great now. So I would say my first shoulder is healed relatively speaking.
Once I had to take my son to a doctor’s appointment four hours north of were we live. I accidentally broke my finger. It was what is known as an open fracture. Quite literally the bone was sticking out of my finger and it was bleeding. If I were 15 minutes late we would lose the appointment. If you are a doctor and reading this you might want to rethink that policy. I set my finger but didn’t close the wound because it needed to be debried or it would have gotten infected. I wrapped it and splinted it the best I could and drove 4 hours north making my son’s doctor’s appointment on time. I was a little testy to say the least. They made me sit and wait. When I finally got my son in the room the doctor asked me very frankly what was wrong. I showed him my finger. He told me I had to check into an ER or I might lose my finger. He was pretty shocked when I said, “Well I guess I will have to learn my 9 multiplication tables.”. My son’s appointment went well and before he left the room he said, “You know it is not normal. You should have skipped the appointment and gone to the hospital.”. And I answered him, “I’m German.”. Florida is like, that if you can’t run around with a chopped off finger and medically treat yourself you are lost. BTW, I didn’t go to the hospital until I returned home and then only for the x-ray to confirm I had actually chopped off the top of my finger. The finger healed and I didn’t lose it. It is a little crooked but it is only a finger.
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Exercises To Break Up Your Adhensions in Florida
It occurs to me that the rest of the nation maybe forced to treat themselves medically now. Florida always seems to be the testing ground for every horrific government program in the nation.
So I will spare you the chopped off finger treatment and go with how to break up your own frozen shoulder without medication. For those of you over the age of forty you might want to do these exercise just to make certain you have range of motion and strength.
As I understand that after two years a frozen shoulder is supposed to heal itself but that would be two really painful years. And when this happened to me I couldn’t find any information how to resolve this one my own or I would have never even gone to the doctor in the first place.
So the purpose of this hub is to give you the tools to heal yourself in the event you have to. And if you are of a certain age to encourage you to work your shoulders because frozen shoulders are quite common. Do these exercises three times a day 10 repetitions each and you will minimize the effect adhesive capsulitis has on your life.
Of course always as with seek medical advice if you are ill.