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How to Recover From A Frozen Shoulder

The pain is excruciating. I don’t know how to write this post without sounding like a baby whining about it, but it’s true. I’m being dead honest. I’ve never experienced pain like this. Nor did I have any clue on how to recover from having a frozen shoulder.

I can’t move my right arm. From the tip of my shoulder bone down to the inside and outside elbow and right down to my fingers — my arm is dead weight and in so much pain. Thank goodness for speech to text or I’d never be able to write this post. I’m in tears most days and to be honest, I haven’t slept right in almost a month.

What is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder happens when you stop moving the joints after you sustain a shoulder injury. I tore my right rotator cuff, and because it hurt so much, I didn’t realize it wasn’t a good idea not to move it. You have to keep moving the joint with full range motion, but because I was in so much pain, I stopped. Little did I know that just made things worse.

Frozen shoulder occurs:

  • After surgery or injury
  • To people between the ages of 40 and 70
  • Happens more in women than men, especially those premenopausal.
  • Most often to people who suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes or stroke.

I went to see a specialist and he requested an MRI which should have been done the minute I stepped into emergency after injuring myself but wasn’t. In the meantime, I’m suffering. I feel like an invalid. I can’t even pull my pants down to pee. Although hubby says this is the part we agreed on — for better or worse — sickness and health. For the past week, he’s been helping me get dressed, curling my hair, and even painted my nails for me. Amazing, as I’m now the one-armed bandit.

How can you recover from a frozen shoulder?

That’s easy. Move it. I know right. Easier said than done. But that is the best way to recover. Simply moving your joints around so they don’t continue being stiff and all achy and stuff. There are also other things that can help.

  1. Physical Therapy – most common treatment with massage and muscle relaxation on a regular basis to manipulate the joints and help ease the tension built up.
  2. Medication – Can be used to help treat the pain such as Advil to reduce inflammation. Be careful when being prescribed narcotics for pain that you don’t get hooked on them. There are also many herbal remedies that can help.
  3. Home Care – Having someone aid you with dressing, eating or taking a shower can decrease the recovery time so you don’t overwork the joints or do something to re-injure yourself.
  4. Surgery – A final and last attempt to repair the damaged tissues and joints. Recovery time for this varies per individual.

No matter what your treatment for having a frozen shoulder, don’t expect to get better quickly. Healing can take up to two years depending on the severity of the injury and how badly you’ve hurt yourself. Follow your doctor’s advice. Don’t be afraid to try new and out of the box healing methods. But keep moving that injured arm. If you don’t things will only get worse and your recovery time will last you all that much longer.

Trust me, I know.

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