Frozen Shoulder

I used to be a member of this Facebook group and a couple of people said that they were diagnosed with Frozen Shoulder after their stroke.  I didn’t know that could happen.  But one thing I’ve learned is that anything can happen to anyone at any age at any time.  I guess if you’re not moving the shoulder joint enough it can freeze.  The medical term for Frozen Shoulder is Adhesive Capsulitis.  Think of an accordion.  When the accordion is made smaller it has all those folds in it.  That’s what the shoulder joint does when it’s down at your side.  When it’s down all of that tissue on the underside of the shoulder joint folds up.  When you raise your shoulder all of those folds flatten out.  When the shoulder freezes, all of those folds start sticking together and they no longer unfold and it hurts to move the arm.  The worst thing you could do is not move the arm because it hurts.  Here’s something that will help with the pain…..  I learned in PT school that heat is heat, doesn’t matter if it’s moist or dry.  There’s no difference in long-term effects, actually there will be no effects at all if heat is your only treatment, but people LOVE moist heat.  And it really seems to help pain more.  I don’t know, maybe it’s the placebo effect but people love it.  Take a towel, wet it, and stick it in the microwave on high for 10 minutes.  When that’s done be careful – the wet towel will be VERY hot.  So use a potholder.  Next, put the wet hot towel in a plastic bag and wrap a towel around it.  Then put that on your shoulder for 15 minutes.  You might need another layer of towel on your shoulder so you don’t burn yourself.  Just make sure the top of the bag is covered with a towel so heat does not escape.  It’ll help.  Then do these exercisesAnd these.  Do the hot towel thing before any stretching/exercise.

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3 replies

  1. I was running out of therapy sessions and my clinical manager stated that in order to continue therapy I would need to have a new problem defined. She asked if I had a frozen shoulder. I had to wait until the beginning of the year when I could have described the proper symptoms and continued uninterrupted therapy. I know, lying will not get you anywhere until it works. Dean

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