Have you ever experienced a 'frozen shoulder'?

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  1. jantamaya profile image73
    jantamayaposted 4 years ago

    Have you ever experienced a 'frozen shoulder'?

    Do you have any 'secret recipe' to make it better? It is not a sport injury. I do my workout often, but now, the range of motion of my left shoulder is not 100 % anymore. It is sometimes awfully painful too... and it is since around 10-12 months... Grrr.

  2. junkseller profile image83
    junksellerposted 4 years ago

    The shoulder joint is very complex and so can be extremely difficult for someone on their own to figure out what is wrong.

    A common problem is shoulder impingement. This results from shoulder action which presses soft tissues into other bony structures (often at the top of the shoulder).

    But this can be a result of many factors including muscle imbalances (e.g. pectoral and bicep muscles being stronger than the scapular muscles); changes or degeneration due to age; specific, repetitive motions; or weakness in the rotator cuff muscles, which hold the shoulder joint in proper position. Or of course some combination of all those things.

    It can also be an issue of tendinitis or bursitis not related to impingement, or tears/strains in muscles (especially the rotator cuff muscles).

    I can't really give any specific suggestions. My best suggestion would be to see a doctor. Even a shoulder specialist can have trouble figuring out exactly what the problem is, and even if you knew the problem it might take a specialist to design a program to get your shoulder back to full action.

    I started going to the gym a couple months ago. One of my shoulders has poor range of motion and some pain. I suspect a muscle imbalance so have been targeting my back muscles that move and stabilize the scapula, using low weights, avoiding any pain at all, avoiding above shoulder press movements, doing specific rotator cuff exercises, and doing a variety of targeted stretches. My shoulder has improved a little but I have no idea what if any of those steps has been effective.

    If you want to do something on your own, the first thing would be to cut out anything which is causing pain. That might mean you can only do very light, moderate movements, and stretches. You might also look at doing some rotator cuff exercises. I've been going partly off this guide from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/PDFs/Rehab_Shoulder_5.pdf

    1. jantamaya profile image73
      jantamayaposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      See my answer below. I had to do it in that way - answer my own question - because comment allows only 250 characters.

  3. Venkatachari M profile image31
    Venkatachari Mposted 4 years ago

    I also do not understand the exact reason. I developed the problem some 6 months ago and got my shoulder joint x-rayed. the Doctor says it is due to development of some gap between the shoulder joint muscles and bones. I can not move it as flexible as my right hand. Some times it aches while performing some movements carelessly. I have to be conscious always that I should not stretch it to full extent. It is very uneasy. Exercise may reduce the problem to some extent as for my experience. Because, my problem eased a little bit by rotating my shoulders 3, 4 times a day only one minute each time.

    1. jantamaya profile image73
      jantamayaposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      It is exactly like my left shoulder and exactly like you, when I exercise daily my shoulder feels much better. I hope that after some time we would have lesser symptoms.
      Wish you full recovery. :-)

    2. Venkatachari M profile image31
      Venkatachari Mposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for your well wishes and concern for me. As already stated, I am a bit comfortable as I am also engaged always in doing some hand movements like you. I have to work in kitchen as am a widower and my sons are still not married. So it is good

  4. jantamaya profile image73
    jantamayaposted 4 years ago

    Hi junkseller
    Thank you for your detailed answer. You are right, it seems that the shoulder joint is the most complex of all joints we have.
    I may go one day to a doc because of the pain I experience; however, I have discovered, the less I move the more painful and restricted my shoulder is. The more I move the better my shoulder feels... ???
    Because I usually am very 'moveable' :-) ; I do workout almost every day and I walk my dog at least one hour daily - I don't know what a doc would do…
    I read lots of information about the condition called "Frozen Shoulder" and see just few options:
    •    Taking anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen or Aspirin (especially good when the condition is caused by bursitis)
    •    Maybe some physiotherapy (this is more or less what I’m doing with my workout)
    •    Maybe some massages, or trigger point therapy (I can do it to some extent on my own)

    •    Doctor’s last cure is the surgery (this is what Venkatachari M said - see below - about “gap between the shoulder joint muscles and bones”). This works for some folks and is not working for others.

    I almost forgot it, there is also an injection of steroids or cortisone (?) possible...

    Thank you very much for the very valuable link with great exercises.

    By the way, British NHS pages say that we have three stages of frozen shoulder: freezing phase, frozen phase, and thawing phase. After this - 3 years - your shoulder is like new. ????


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