Does anyone know how to improve a frozen shoulder?

@sharra1 (6341)
Australia
December 15, 2007 2:28am CST
I developed tendinitis in my left shoulder in August and it deteriorated until my shoulder froze. Now I cannot move it much without pain. I am on anti-inflammatory medication which has helped a little but I am wondering if there is anyone knows anything else that can help. My Doctor has recommended physiotherapy but I cannot do that while I am still in pain. He has also said that the shoulder will get better by itself but that it can take up to 2 years. That is a long time to live with the pain. Has anyone had a condition like this?
1 response
@nichole1983 (1187)
• Canada
15 Dec 07
that does not sound fun at all.. i suggest you go back to the doctors and get a second opinion.. i havent heard of someone with tendinitis having a locked shoulder.. im thinking it could be something else... use ice and heat.. depending on what is best... i know ppl who have had it that ice worked better than heat and vice versa.. but really go get a second opinion.. get xrays etc etc if you have to mri and ct scans.. hope this helps..
@sharra1 (6341)
• Australia
16 Dec 07
It is called frozen because the tendon swells and stops the joint from moving. I have had xrays but they only show bones and there is nothing wrong with my bones. He is reluctant to refer for mri scans because of the radiation dose they give, particularly when he is certain of the problem. I am on ibuprofen and that has helped a little but I am told it takes a long time to heal. My partner has had it as well and he agrees that it can take a long time so do the medical websites. It is definitely not fun as I cannot use my left arm much and when I do it is in pain that can cause tears. I am learning to avoid the types of movement that cause me pain but I often wake up in pain during the night.