Patient Comments: Frozen Shoulder - Treatments

What treatments were helpful or effective for your frozen shoulder?

Comment from: Kiriti, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 03

I have had a frozen shoulder for the last three months with no sign of easing up. Although the pain appears to have lessened slightly. Sudden jerks cause excruciating pain. Local doctor gave tablets and then an injection. One month later the specialist (in London) gave another injection. No real improvement. No one has mentioned PT or exercise. The specialist, in fact has said that exercise may result in scar tissues which will harden and cause more problems! Am going for a second opinion in India.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

I had surgery where my doctor did manipulation. That was about 5 years ago. I have total range of motion in that shoulder. Now my other shoulder is frozen. I have no insurance now so am unable to have the surgery again. Having read that the pain will eventually go away given enough time has given me hope. If I move suddenly or my shoulder is jarred in any way the pain nearly brings me to my knees. An episode of this pain is so exhausting.

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Comment from: mary, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

I have been suffering with frozen shoulder for the last two and a half months. I like the articles that say the pain will start going away soon, but don't like the ones that say it will take 6 months. I haven't started physical therapy yet because my doctor says that with it or without it, it will take the same time to heal. But I like the idea of swimming and will try that. By the way the most difficult things to do with a frozen shoulder are washing your hair, taking off a t-shirt and sleeping!

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Comment from: maggie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 10

I had a cortisone injection last week. I had numbness in the little and index finger. The frozen shoulder is much better, but the fingers still feel numb and tingling.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 07

For my frozen shoulder, I had six months of physical therapy (twice a week) with large doses of ibuprofen and one Cortizone shot prior to surgery, followed by six more months of PT (twice a week). The doctor did surgery to remove the calcification causing tendonitis. My PT had me icing and doing my exercises 3 to 4 times a day at home. I am a year following surgery and still do the stretches and weights once a day.

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Comment from: LicensedMassage, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 12

I'm a licensed massage therapist. Why physical therapy is important, massage can help keep the scar tissue from collecting and causing adhesions. Just thought I'd throw that out there for the people who feel that scar tissue caused by frozen shoulder is holding them back from recovery.

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Comment from: jenn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I have had a frozen shoulder for approximately 6 months. It developed 4-5weeks after a fall I had skiing. Physical therapy at first along wiht IMS therapy. I just had my second cortisone shot under fluroscopy and think it has released the joint a bit more. The first shot definitely helped with the painful period. I have also been seeing a Naturopath for Bowen therapy, which seems to help. Because of overuse my other shoulder has been in a lot of pain, so the therapies are great for both sides!

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Comment from: dorthk, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

Swimming exercises has been the best thing I have done for my frozen shoulders. I can go in the pool with all kinds of pain and get out and be pain free.

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