Patient Comments: Frozen Shoulder - TreatmentsWhat treatments were helpful or effective for your frozen sterojd Fourteen hours of physical therapy did nothing for me. The orthopedic told me that my frozen shoulder would heal by itself in a year steroids vs natural gains two. I searched and found interesting information about Trigenics. After 10 visits, my pain is gone and I have 80 to 90 percent of rotation back!
Frozen Shoulder Syndrome (Adhesive Capsulitis) - SOS Med
What treatments were helpful or effective for your frozen shoulder? Fourteen hours of physical therapy did nothing for me.
The orthopedic told me that my frozen shoulder would heal by itself in a year or two. I searched and found interesting information about Trigenics. After 10 visits, my pain is gone and I have 80 to 90 percent of rotation back! Let me start off by saying frozen shoulder is by far the worst pain I have ever experienced and wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy! I don't know how I ended up with frozen shoulder but physical therapy and cortisone injections did not help.
The only thing that took the edge off was tramadol and that made me unable to work. Sudden movements brought me to the floor with such severe pain that I can only describe as someone trying to manually rip your arm off. After dealing with this for nearly 6 months, I finally had no choice but to have arthroscopic surgery. Physical therapy is grueling but necessary to help get range of motion back.
Two months after surgery I can now move my arm enough to wash my own hair. It's a terribly long road to recovery but don't give up; the pain will get better slowly but surely! I had a frozen shoulder for over a year and a half. The pain would bring me to tears at times, it was so hard to bear. I went to several physical therapists and received various treatments. I went to an orthopedic doctor and got a cortisone shot.
I went to a chiropractor and to a massage therapist. I found some relief from some of the treatments and made small gains in range of motion. I started doing yoga and got acupuncture treatments. What I believe finally returned nearly full range of motion was doing psychotherapy work with a therapist that considered the body-mind-spirit connection. I think what I needed most was to talk about and get some resolution from a trauma in my past that was preventing me from living my life and having a voice.
I have torn rotator cuffs and had frozen shoulder in both arms and pain down to my fingers. I got back full range of motion in three months. The secret is power through the pain; get orthopedic deep tissue massage which probably is not covered by insurance. The massage therapist says all of the fascia, tendon, and muscles get stuck together and the therapy helps with that. Plus it is not really painful if done right.
I still have torn tendons and arthritis but I got my life back. The physiotherapy people don't really push you like they should but two orthopedists told me that you have to force your shoulder to obey you.
Good luck and don't give up. I had frozen shoulder after years of rotator teats and arthritis. I was told by doctors for years to have the tears repaired, but I just kept on with my on therapy; until the last injury to both shoulders.
The surgeon said I needed replacement on both shoulders, but advised me to wait a few years. He has treated me with the injections and anti-inflammatory medicines. I worked out with light weights for about a year, more of a self-rehabilitation than body building. But after that year I woke up one morning. I couldn't move my left arm not even an inch I don't know why. Any movement was the most intense pain I could imagine.
After two days of no movement I began moving an inch to the front and one to the rear. I was unable to move my hand out from my side at all for another week. But after about a month I could get about a foot to the front and to the rear. The out from the side took longer. After three months of these baby movements I started back with the two pound dumb bells. I've had two more injections for my shoulders in the last seven months.
And I take a generic Voltaren once a day. So far I've improved every month and the frozen shoulder is a distant memory, a very painful memory. My pain relief for frozen shoulder is the magic effect of ultrasound. Mechanical vibration to produce a slight skin massage, deep-warm by penetration of the subcutaneous 5 cm, and bubble wash.
I was diagnosed with frozen shoulder a week ago. Like most, pain came on out of nowhere and greatly increased over the last 4 months. I did physical therapy for 4 weeks with no help.
Next week I'm scheduled for a cortisone shot and then physical therapy two days later and for the next 2 months. I see most posts here state the cortisone shots did not help. I'm terrified of shots. I've been diagnosed with frozen shoulder. Cortisone shot did nothing. I was sent for physiotherapy PT , which has helped a little so far.
The PT guy is not convinced it is a frozen shoulder; he can move it much farther than I can on my own. Let me tell you, it hurts like the dickens, though! It feels like something is 'catching' in the shoulder. My orthopedic doctor is standing on frozen shoulder and after 3 weeks of PT, is already wanting to do manipulation under sedation! He's never manipulated without sedation to see if he can move it beyond what I can.
I'm going for a second opinion. If it's frozen, that's fine, but I want to make sure there isn't something else going on first. And yes, a sudden movement used to be excruciating pain.
After two PT sessions, that was much better, but now I have constant pain all the way down my arm; it is exhausting. It took me over 15 months to get rid of this awful condition of frozen shoulder. Occasional pain still persists but nothing like I experienced at the beginning, my nights were awful for about 4 months I was in agony, and MRI was good. Cortisone shot did nothing at all.
I was given 4 mg tablets of methylprednisolone a steroid and it worked like a miracle but it was temporary, and not possible to use for very long. But it helped me endure the painful stretching that physical therapy consisted of and I continued with physical therapy for over a year. Now 15 months later I'm doing well but I don't think I'll ever be pain free.
This condition is terrible and my heart goes out to you if you're experiencing this but don't give up hope. Definitely do PT and endure the stretching in the end you may be ok, good luck! I am dealing with my second frozen shoulder. The first one, my left shoulder, was about 4 years ago. One cortisone shot and nearly a year of physical therapy gave me back full range of motion. At times the therapy was pretty rough BUT it worked, must do those home exercises twice a day, very important!!
My second one is my right shoulder. Was smarter this time around and got into physical therapy much earlier and am already making progress. Again cannot emphasize the importance of home exercise. Not really sure what caused my frozen shoulder. I just had a lot of pain which increased until I was diagnosed. I was under a tremendous amount of stress.
I suffered with chronic pain for about 9 months and after diagnoses was referred to physical therapist. PT gave me exercises to do at home which I did not do on a regular basis due to pain. After ache went away I am now left with only 80 percent use of my left arm. I now wonder if I had done exercises faithfully would I have more range of motion. I will attempt to use Cybex machines to stretch atrophied muscles to regain some ROM in my shoulder but inevitable scarring has occurred.
Following my right shoulder fx of tuberosity, full thickness tear of rotator cuff , and frozen shoulder, I had physical therapy for 2 mos. Arthroscopic surgery was done followed with 6 mos.
Then I tried accupuncture performed by an MD certified in accupuncture. It worked much faster than physical therapy. Results I could feel with less pain and quicker movement of my muscles. I knew when I got on the table before my 45min. Accupunture is not for everyone but it worked for me. In I was in a really bad car accident. My rotator cuff ripped in two different spots. I was sent to physical therapy where I went twice a week and also had to do ten exercises, three times a day.