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The Cure for Frozen Shoulder That No One Talks About

By Sara Calabro

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, isn’t as official as it sounds. Frozen shoulder just refers to shoulder pain that leads to restricted range of motion. It is a catch-all diagnosis for shoulder pain and immobility for which the underlying cause is unknown.

Janet Travell, the author of Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual, speaking of the medical literature on frozen shoulder, says, “When so many authors agree that the cause of a disease is enigmatic, there is good reason to expect that a major etiologic factor is being overlooked.”

This major factor, according to Travell, is trigger points in the subscapularis muscle. Acupuncture can eliminate these trigger points, wiping out frozen shoulder for good and offering people an alternative to the common—yet usually only temporarily effective—protocol of pain killers, cortisone shots, and surgery.

Olympic swimmers who are dazzling us with their performances this week: Take heed! Freestyle swimming is one of the most common causes of subscapularis trigger points.

The Signature Pain-Referral Pattern of Subscapularis Trigger Points

The subscapularis is one of the four muscles that comprise the rotator cuff. It attaches to the inner surface of the scapula and to the front of the humerus bone. Its primary responsibility is to hold the humerus in place during arm movements, preventing displacement. It also helps internally rotate the head of the humerus.

Trigger points are sensitive nodules in the musculature that cause referred pain. In the subscapularis muscle, they produce a signature pain-referral pattern. Pain concentrates on the back of the deltoid muscle. From there, it can extend onto the back, over the scapula, and/or down the back side of the upper arm. Pain usually skips the forearm but appears again as a band around the wrist (see picture at right).

Early-stage subscapularis trigger points normally don’t prevent people from reaching up. However, reaching backward—as if you were getting ready to throw a ball—tends to be painful. This is why frozen shoulder and adhesive capsulitis are sometimes referred to as pitcher’s arm.

Another tell-tale sign of early-stage subscapularis trigger points is wrist pain that concentrates on the back of the wrist, sometimes making it uncomfortable to wear a watch.

Common Causes of Shoulder Pain from Trigger Points in the Subscapularis

Is it sounding like your shoulder pain might be coming from trigger points in the subscapularis muscle? Here are some common ways in which these trigger points get activated:

Overdoing it at activities that require medial rotation of the arm. Examples include freestyle swimming and throwing a baseball.

Forceful overhead lifting while adducting the arm (bringing it closer to your body). An example is the kettleball swing exercise, where you use outstretched arms to raise the kettleball from between the legs.

Sudden stress placed on the shoulder muscles due to a humerus fracture or shoulder-joint tear, or breaking a fall.

Once a trigger point is activated—in the subscapularis or any muscle—it’s commonly perpetuated or exaggerated by everyday movements. Sleeping on one’s side or having slumped-forward posture can make subscapularis trigger points worse.

Cures for Subscap-Related Shoulder Pain

Once you’ve identified subscapularis trigger points as the source of your shoulder pain and immobility, there are several steps you can take to reduce them.

Get acupuncture.

Trigger points in the subscapularis can be released by inserting acupuncture needles directly into the muscle.

While extremely effective at eliminating shoulder pain, having these trigger points needled can be uncomfortable due to the location of the subscapularis. To access the muscle, the acupuncturist needs to palpate somewhat forcefully inside the underarm (see picture at right).

Another acupuncture technique for addressing pain from trigger points includes needling away from the actual pain site, choosing points along the acupuncture meridians that transverse the painful part of the body.

For example, the Small Intestine meridian runs directly along the signature pain-referral pattern for subscapularis trigger points. An acupuncturist might choose to needle an acupuncture point on the Small Intestine meridian that’s farther down the body.

Small Intestine 3, for example, is an acupuncture point on the side of the hand (see picture at left) that’s frequently used to alleviate shoulder and upper back pain around the scapula. You can massage this point yourself to help reduce pain in that area.

Adjust your posture.

Something else you can do yourself to reduce subscapularis-related shoulder pain is adjust your posture—while awake and sleeping.

During waking hours, try and avoid the slumped-forward posture that so many of us have unfortunately developed as a result of sustained computer use. This postion forces the arms into a medially rotated position, which perpetuates trigger points in the subscapularis.

When standing, try hooking your thumbs into your belt or pants to prevent your arms from touching your sides. And when you’re at your desk, remember to frequently move your arms—a simple movement of reaching the arm up and behind the head will do it—to help keep the subscapularis muscle stretched.

Sleep with a pillow.

At bedtime, grab an extra pillow. If you’re sleeping on the painful side, place the pillow between your elbow and side of the body. Again, this abducts the arm away from the body, which stretches the subscapularis muscle. If you sleep on the pain-free side, put the pillow in front of you so that the painful arm can rest on it (pretend you’re hugging the pillow).

Do the doorway stretch.

A final self-care technique for reducing subscapularis trigger points is the doorway stretch. Stand in a doorway and place both hands on either side of the door, at about shoulder height. Lean forward to give a nice passive stretch to the subscapularis.

If your shoulder pain is coming from trigger points in the subscapularis muscle, no amount of pain killers, cortisone shots nor surgeries is going to solve the problem. Those treatments have their place, but why not try the less invasive path first?

Photo by Sara Calabro
Trigger-point images from Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual
Acupuncture point infographic from A Manual of Acupuncture

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Comments

Naomi Frank
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Yup…. this treatment was pretty life-changing about 15 yrs ago when I began my studies in Chinese medicine!

Alma Myers, LAc
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I’ve seen quite a bit of Frozen Shoulder; about 40-80% increased range of motion just after the first treatment and often before a needle is used. Acupuncture helps this release to hold and continues to heal, increase circulation, and relief pain or discomfort. Thanks for another great article Sara!

Anita Lang-Bakar, L.Ac.
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Good article, but I’d like to add one thing worth noting:

People with Diabetes are 2-4 times more likely to develop adhesive capsulitis than the general population. It affects about 20% of Diabetics.
(A few other Endocrine & auto-immune conditions can also be the cause)

Sara
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Thanks for pointing this out, Anita. Important to know.

Sara

Brenda Lehrer
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I had frozen shoulder for about a year before entering acupuncture school and a supervisor recommended taking Remmi Femin or black cohosh as she said it’s often an hormonal issue. The combination of acupuncture and herbs did the trick and within a few months I was pain free. I learned that women typically have left shoulder issues during menopause also. Terrific article Sara as usual.

Sara
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Hey Brenda. Interesting about the left shoulder during menopause. Thanks for sharing.

Sara

Dave
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Or you could apply low intensity laser therapy to all the acupoints and trigger points – no pain involved.

Maruti Shanbhag
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One more effective point for the frozen shoulder is ST-38. One can use two needles at this point and go for a powerful stimulation. The range of motion of shoulder joint improves dramatically.

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adele
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thanks .

Adel
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Or you could to subscapularis broom stick stretches, helps a lot. Also do infraspinatus stretches too that helps in circumduction of arm.

Hannah
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Adhesive capsulitis is not an all-encompassing term for shoulder pain. It is a term for capsule inflammation which results in scarring and reduced external rotation. It is a specific condition with a specific pathophysiology. It is a tricky to treat condition but definitely in the early pain phases acupuncture is helpful.

Sandra
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I am a 51 year old menopausal woman currently suffering my second go with frozen shoulder. In 2012, it was my right side and I was in PT for 9 months. This time, it’s the left side. The pain this time is 10 times worse that it was on the right side. I have near constant muscle spasms that I am taking Robaxin for along with Percoset for pain. The only time the pain truly subsides is when I am soaking in my tub. I haven’t been able to find any article or blog on WebMD recommending accupuncture for frozen shoulder, but will definitely ask my doctor about it.

mona
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I am 48 and menopausal too. My right shoulder is still in a thawing process after 17 months from symptom onset (9/2013). The left is starting to feel like right shoulder just before it started freezing. I started with acupuncture in 11/2013 to relieve the hot flashes. Hot flashes had returned with a vengeance the same week the right shoulder started freezing in 9/2013. Acupuncture worked amazing on the flashes which were gone after 5 weeks. By January 2014 the shoulder had gotten worse and the acupuncturist started treating the shoulder too. My acupuncturist is also a chiropracor and had suffered from a frozen shoulder herself. She had done a day treatment in St Louis with another acupuncturist who took care of her shoulder. It took me 4 visits in February 2014- she had me move my arm as far as I could plus a couple of painful inches more and then she had me pull her arm. It was amazing- the sound was awful- but the adhesions tore in each session. It was followed by an
acupuncture treatment for pain relief. My orthopedic doc knew that I was going to try this and he was fine with it being there was no anesthesia involved. I was able to say, “Stop” during the process which made it safe. We stopped and restarted several times. By March 1 – I had 80% mobility and could sleep again. Hot flashes resumed in October 2014, after 5 days, I went for an acupuncture treatment again. I had last been at her office March 1. One treatment in 10/2014 and flashes have remained controlled. Right shoulder is almost thawed now but aches if I sleep wrong. I cannot find a good sleeping position. That is what I was researching when I ran across this post. Left shoulder feels a bit worse than right one now, but it hasn’t actually frozen yet. I am still doing exercises. If it freezes, I will seek the acupuncturist to break the adhesions again. It was so worth it. It gave me life back almost instantly. It hurt and I felt sick to my stomach during the treatment but it was mainly because I was scared that she was going to hurt me. But I was in control – she just guided me on where to position my arm and then I used my body to pull her and pop the adhesions. At that point, I had almost 5% mobility and PT had said they couldn’t help me until I could move my arm a little. My brother’s left shoulder had frozen – he broke his own adhesions by the momentum he got by swinging a baseball bat around vertically. It was painful for a few minutes, but he wanted to be able to play golf again.

Michael
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Can you share the name of this wonderful practitioner?

Emma
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I am a big fan of Janet Travell’s work, and Whitfield Reaves current teaching for integrated traditional acupuncture and modern orthopaedics. Would love to hear tried and tested methods for releasing the subscapularis that doesn’t involve needling through the axilla! Many thanks

Lily
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I have frozen shoulder problem with right shoulder. Not much pain anymore (i have been suffering 4-5 months by now) but rotation problem affects my life pretty bad. Doing excersises but it does not get better. thanks for advice, will try accupuncture too

Will
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Great article! It describes my condition perfectly. Can you recommend an acupuncturist who follows this protocol for frozen shoulder in the Boston MA area? Thanks!

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Pete Doyle
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Don’t forget local trigger point release in subscapularis! Pretty simple with the right needle length, angle and technique. Love the black cohosh tip as peri-menopausal issues can trigger this.

Pete Doyle
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In general the 4th rotator cuff player (subscapularis) is neglected by most PT’s, LAc’s, and OrthoMD’s. Simple stuff.

MG
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Needling ST 37 (a classic point for shoulder problems) works wonders also. when combined with subscapularis work.

Will Cooper
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This treatment strategy would be more credible if you mentioned some case studies from your own practice — as such it reads more like theory.

Jeanne
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Still, very few people talk about the liver lymph pathways that are connected to the right shoulder. Three years frozen with lots of PT, ART, Acupuncture, etc., and the thing that truly helped me the most was seeing a lymphatic practitioner who helped me clear my liver. Instant changes in ROM. Instant. Then the rebuilding happens, which includes trigger point work!

Pete Doyle
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Jeanne- Can you tell us more or contact me?

Kristi
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Sorry to say this Sara, but you did not do your homework here. Your click-bait headline is completely misleading. There is NO known cure for frozen shoulder/adhesive capsulitis. None. And, you have insulted everyone who has suffered from this horrible, misunderstood disease, and are misleading those who have been newly diagnosed and are looking for accurate help. Isn’t as official as it sounds? Is a brain tumor official? by saying it “Frozen shoulder just refers to shoulder pain that leads to restricted range of motion. It is a catch-all diagnosis for shoulder pain and immobility for which the underlying cause is unknown.” This is totally innaccurate (ask any orthopedic surgeon) and is like saying lung cancer is a catch all phrase for people who have breathing issues. It’s simply false. Frozen shoulder is an actual disease where the tissues and muscles in and around the shoulder joint literally fuse together – sometimes overnight, leaving the arm physically impossible to move (not due to pain, although it’s tremendously painful, but because it’s literally locked in place and if you try to move it, the tissues tear like you were tearing off your ear. Get it?). The cause for this very specific condition is unknown to the medical community, but they suspect it’s autoimmune. Thankfully, it mysteriously resolves on it’s own sometime between 1 and 3 years, but unfortunately, that time for FS patients is like being stabbed repeatedly with a knife in the shoulder 24/7 for months on end. It’s that painful. Acupuncture can be helpful to relieve a bit of the pain, yes, and to help a person be able to loosen things up a tiny bit faster, perhaps, but it is certainly not a cure for this disease. As someone who has studied FS for years, suffered and recovered from it, and runs a support group for FS patients, I recommend that you remove or revise this inaccurate article and headline if you truly want to be of service. Thank you.

Jen
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Thank you Kristi.
I’m 42, have been suffering with this for 9 months, on my second round of physical therapy, have had many massages, acupuncture, healing touch, Motrin, essential oils, and it’s still causing pain and my mobility sucks.
I was injured by trying to catch a patient from falling off the treatment table. I caught the patient with my right arm, caught myself with the left side. Interesting about the diabetes, I have type 1 diabetes for 31 years. No complications. Except this? All I know is now I can’t work, they took away work comp wage loss so went from a working professional to barely making ends meet with hubby’s income, always in pain, can’t do anything physical, I am also left handed and its on my left side. Getting very discouraged by the physical therapists who act like I’m not doing my stretches, which I’m doing all day and all night, and I mean all night, I haven’t slept a full night since this happened because of the pain. I can’t do pain meds beyond Motrin, I get sick from them. So if there are any other tricks to heal this thing, I’d love to know!

Toni
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The answer for me was Ortho-Bionomy http://www.ortho-bionomy.org.au/what-is-ortho-bionomy/. I had pain in my shoulder that gradually got worse. Thinking it would get better I put off doing anything. Eventually it was obvious I needed to do something. I went to a physio who sent me for an MRI for an accurate diagnosis. Torn rotator cuff, torn cartilage and frozen shoulder. Then to a top Sydney shoulder specialist who said despite the diagnosis the frozen shoulder was the primary cause of my pain and restricted movement. Told me to stop all physio exercise and it would be 18 months. He gave me a referral for a cortisone injection and another for an injection called hydrodilatation which blows up the shoulder joint with fluid supposedly speeding recovery. I found out my brother-in-law (who I thought was only a nurse) could help. So on my lounge during a family function he gently moved my arm around explaining that he was doing Ortho-Bionomy. I was sceptical but it felt better afterwards and I had more movement. The following day wasn’t as good but was slightly better than before. It improved a little day by day so 2 weeks later I went for another treatment and from that moment it got better to the point of full recovery over the next few weeks. He told me I may need another couple of treatments and gave me the name of a practitioner closer to where I live. No need – it is cured. The 18 month recovery took 3 months from the time I was diagnosed and weeks from my first Ortho-Bionomy treatment. I told you my story because I know how painful this condition is and 18 months is a long time to put up with this. Hope this helps.

Jen
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Well, I got excited, then let down. The only practitioners in the U.S. Are in Florida and Hawaii. While I would love to go to Hawaii, I live in Michigan.
Then I thought, hey I want to learn this……yeah, well, not going to happen in Australia.

will cooper
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“Orthobionomy” techniques originated (and still exist) within the Osteopathic tradition, and are practiced under different names. Manual osteopaths can be found all over the world, and there are osteopathic schools all over the world. The person who coined the term “orthobionomy” was an osteopath and learned the techniques in osteopathic school, and gave the techniques another name (“orthobionomy”) so he could teach the techniques and philosophy behind them without using the term “osteopathy”, and not ruffle the feathers of osteopaths (esp. U.S. ones) by teaching osteopathy to non-osteopaths. BTW, there are practitioners of “orthobionomy” all over the U.S., not just two States! As well, there are many American osteopaths who use the same techniques (tho don’t call them “orthobionomy”), as well as other manual practitioners who learned osteooathic techniques ( independantly or have gone to osteopathic school in Canada, Britain, Europe, Australia, NZ, etc.) who practice the same type of techniques without calling them “orthobionomy” — it’s not hard to find if you know what you are looking for.

Fatawu
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Any help for me as am dying with my left shoulder for a long time but i have been to the hospitals here in Ghana ,west Africa but the Dr. couldn’t help me ,I did 3 xrays but nothing and my pains keeps increasing …pls good guys out there help me out

Krishan Dua
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I am suffering from Right Shoulder Frozen since last five six months. I am diabetic and 66 years my age. And taking pain killer medicines as well as taken physiotherapy lessons too for 10-12 visits but no benefit.
Please help me and let me know what to do.
Thanks

Krishan Dua
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I am suffering from Right Shoulder Frozen since last five six months. I am diabetic and 66 years my age. And taking pain killer medicines as well as taken physiotherapy lessons and exercise too for 10-12 visits but no benefit.
Please help me and let me know what to do.
Thanks

Dee
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I am now suffering with my second frozen shoulder in less than a year. I tried the PT the last time, it was awful 3 months of agony until my insurance would no longer pay. I did home PT after that.
I am thinking of trying acupuncture but in the mean time I am trying trigger point therapy which seems to be helping a bit. Until I move the wrong way and the knife like pain is back. It is the worst pain, you never know when it will hit. Takes my breath away. I will keep trying

fantasia
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I am having sever knee dropping pain in my shoulder, humorous areas front and back and my shoulder blade. If was left to me to research my source of pain when PC said they didn’t have time to research patients problems online. It seems to me that is there job. Anyway, what I can up with was Subscapularius disorder, MS, Cancer etc. I started lidocaine injections and depending on the site can be extremely painful. My insurance does not cover acupuncture or Chiropractic adjustments, so when injections are not helping we are only left pain medications which are hard to come by. Due to government guidelines pain centers treat chronic pain patients like they are drug seekers or drug dealers. We have to check in every 28 days and submit to urine drug testing. I have no problem with going in every three months as before, but I have a problem with being treated like a prisoner on parole and checking in to our Parole Officer (Pain clinics) and submitting to drug tests every 28 days. It is bad enough to have to live my life around this pain, but to live it around a 28 day cycle is not right. I am not a drinker, but I have found that alcohol helps a lot with the pain. So, our government is going to cause chronic pain patients to become alcoholics, just because of a small percentage of people abusing pain medication.

anita
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I have been suffering from frozen shoulder for over 2 years now. Had arm manipulation surgery, physical therapy for two years, cervical injections in my neck, massages, chirpractor, and going for accupunture on sept 23rd. I hope it helps! It is a bad illness and takes away the quality of life.

Ernest Felix
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I had Frozen Shoulder on my right side four years back, and it took almost 2 years to cure completely. Now, from the past one month I am having Frozen shoulder on my left.
No medication or physiotherapy can help speed the process of cure. It will take it’s own cycle. But to relive from pain, you can try this.
The best way is to use a tennis ball and a socks. But the ball in the socks and use the good hand to dangle it behind the affected shoulder, and lean against the wall. Then let the ball roll on the effected shoulder as you move up and down and move left to right. You will get a pleasant pain on the effected area. It will give you such a relief. You can do this for 10 minuted in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening. This will also give you some extra movements of your affected hand. The pain will also gradually reduce.
I get a lot of relief using this method.
Other thing you can do is by rolling your shoulders, whenever possible and swinging your hands, like bowling a cricket ball, whenever possible.
Hope you can reduce the pain by this method. It is working for me, hope it will help you too. All the best

Valerie
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I have suffered with Frozen Shoulder for 5-6 years. The first cortisone injection I had worked great. The 4 or 5 I have had since have done nothing. I have had 2 acupuncture sessions and can now sleep at night and get dressed without pain. My range of mobility has greatly improved. I still have a long way to go but have had good luck so far.

Bonnie
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51 years year old.. Arm reaches about 45 degrees .
Suffering in Japan and I’m going to look into this.
Appreciate reading everyone’s comments and suggestions.
A little bit freaked out…Baaam ..literally overnight my arm froze & life has changed .

Elizabete
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Thank you everyone for sharing. Thank you kristi for your very important impute. I developed a post-operative frozen shoulder after a surgery to repair the rotator cuff tear (full). I am out of work due to it, and i can not imagine be without working for 2 years. I did my first session of acupuncture yesterday. The acupuncturist asked where i have pain and stick the nedles in the area. Instead of helping, got worse.

Pete Doyle
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Elizabete,

Would you be willing to discuss your case more on PM?

Elizabete
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Hi Doyle.
Thank you to answer,, what do you mean With ” on pm”?

Jaimon Lukose
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Frozen Shoulder can treat with one Marma & Acupuncture treatment. After first this treatment patient will get full hand movement. After treatment acupuncture patient must do massage and give strengthen their muscle. please watch video in you tube under Ayur Pain Centre

Angel
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I had rotator cuff tendonitis that evolved into frozen shoulder. I’ve had pretty constant pain for the past 4 months and my arm/shoulder started to noticeably stiffen over the past 2 months. I just started with a physiotherapist who also does acupuncture. It does seem that acupuncture does provide a bit of pain relief, but it only lasts a short time. I hate taking medication but I am in pretty consistent agony and definitely I am losing lots of sleep. Dr also prescribed muscle relaxers to take at night. I just want the “painful stage” to end. How long does it take to just go “frozen” without the pain?

in pan
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I have been told that I have frozen shoulder. MRI of my shoulder came out clean as a whistle. Structurally everything is perfect. I am wondering if anyone else has had severe elbow pain to the point that it is impossible to even rest it on a table? I also have pain in my rib cage to go along with the pain in my elbow, upper arm, shoulder, shoulder blade etc. The stabbing pains in the point of my shoulder come and go. My Dr would have liked to do injections which I refused. I do have MS but not sure that it is playing a role in this arm pain.

will cooper
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There are many things that MRIs do not show — the fact that a reading of an MRI determines that you are “clean as a whistle” only means so much.

Deb
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Dear In Pain

Try having a Chiropractor look at your arm. I couldn’t even open a jar when I was first diagnosed, and my Chiro realigned my bones and the pain eased a lot. Still have the shoulder pain when I reach up or put my arm in a position it doesn’t wish to go. I find swimming (particularly breaststroke) really helps to loosen up the shoulder little by little.

Diane
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My frozen shoulder came on gradually with severe arm pain first, for many months. The pain in my upper arm was excruciating and it radiated up and down my arm day and night. Night time was very severe. One Doctor who I saw regarding this, commented that I may have depression. No Doc, I had arm pain!!!! After suffering with this for months, the arm gradually froze. Acupuncture, cortisone and physical therapy were a waste of time. The frozen period lasted about 6 months. Pain was still a factor and with the reduced range of mobility, life was a nightmare. Over the next few months, the arm slowly began “defrosting”, until finally returning to a near normal state. All in all this process took about 18 months. Unfortunately, you just have to be patient. Good luck.

jjstar
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What if the pain only radiates from neck to shoulder to upper arm? What are the trigger points and what is this condition? Thank you!

Maggie
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I am suffering from FS for the last 6 months, pain 24/7. I have had injections which has made no differance, excersing 3 times a day. I don’t believe in popping pills and I refuse to take time off work. My GP is good and he has explained 4 stages to FS I want the pain to stop and how much longer thanks…

Mike
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Time will heal, pain can be reduced, most professional help for mobility related to A.C has marginal effect. Be active when it doesn’t hurt too much, eat healthy, try to be patient. Been there…

dawn
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i have a calcium deposit impengment in my right shoulder,,, it has turned into frozen shoulder,,, i have been dealing with this condition for about a year now,,, i had one shot of cortizone,, did nothing,,, so i started physical therapy,,, started out very painful,,, for a month i didnt see any progress,, then i started to see some movement,,, a little bit by little bit i got to about 75% normal movement,,, then my therapist went on medical leave an the next therapist that took over my case did some procedures that set me back to about 50% so i stopped therapy,,, i have been doing self therapy for month now an i am back to the 85% movement,, i still have shooting pain when i move my arm in a quick or unthoughtful movement,,, i am praying that with in next year my frozen shoulder will release on its own,,,, as i continue to try to move it on my own,,,

Elaine
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Never, ever did I think this was as common as it now appears.
In desperation at looking on the Internet …..yet again…… for any cure other than all the things mentioned that I have done and many many other have tried I am at a blank ……..
Suicidal at times through sheer desperation.
It looks like the prognosis is very poor and I have to live, along with many others with this most awful excruciating pain.
Is there no hope? I have had the obvious treatments and waiting for what I hope is a miracle to happen.
I can see nothing completely cures this.
So…back to my state of stupor on painkillers yet again…..no wonder one become addicted to anything that slightly relieves the intense pain that FS plus Rotor cuff brings.
Where do you go when all has failed?

I have no idea but know I cannot live like this. How do others feel?

Pete D
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Elaine,
Would you be willing to speak more about this with me? I can tell you my experience with this.
If you give me an email address I can leave my number or get yours if that helps.
Pete

Deb
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Hi Elaine

How long have you had frozen shoulder? I have had it for almost a year and to begin with it was excruciatingly painful. Over time, it has subsided and now my brain has learnt what it can and cannot do to avoid the pain. I am doing Tai Chi (Shubashi) which is slowly stretching out the joint and freeing it up. Yes, it is painful but I grit my teeth and try to think of the movement rather than the pain. I have never taken pain killers for this other than a few nights in the early days. Try to avoid the painkillers – too many side effects and yeah depressing. Be strong and win over this – work through it. It does get better.

BOBKELLY
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I’ve had frozen shoulder for about 6 months. Now after one week it’s 95% cured. I went to 3 doctors before I solved it on my own. This may work for others may not , I don’t know I’m not trying to sell anything , just trying to help people who can’t find help. I may ramble so bear with me. Mine started freezing up in Oct. First there was a burning pain between my elbow and shoulder when I would over reach for something. Then that quit , but my shoulder started aching till it hurt all the time , and no over the counter pain mess would work at all. So I went to an internist and he xrayed my neck , tells me it neck muscle causing it. So for 4 weeks I take muscle relaxers and prescription pain pills with NO relief. My 6month checkup was coming up with my regular doctor so I told him about it.,let me back up. Went to internist inDec and my Dr in March. My Dr sent me to an orthopedic Dr. So here we go to Dr 3. He diagnosed the frozen shoulder, shot me with cortisone and wrote a prescription for therapy..that’s the first time I ever heard the term frozen shoulder. This was on 4-13-15. My wife had surgery scheduled for the 18th and my first there was for the 19th. That night 13 th I started googling and looking on Pinterest and you tube for solutions. I was actually shocked that nobody knows a lot about it. I had a buddy who had shoulder surgery for bone spurs and he had therapy to get movement back in his shoulder. He told me they used a Hi-Dow massage zapper is what I’ll call it. Plus they did a lot of stretching ie (pain)). I bought one of the hi Dow things about 6-7 years ago and went looking for it thinking the batteries probably carodded by now , but luckily it has rechargeable battery in it. So I recharged it and got the book out. Lo and behold there it is on page 32. FROZEN SHOULDER so I thought what the heck. Over the weekend I used it about an hr every morning and afternoon. After a couple days I thought it’s getting better,but I thought it was all in my mind till about Tueday (4days) I could put my shirttail in with my right arm. I called and cancelled my therapy, mainly because I thought I’d have to stay with my wife that day , but I also didn’t reschedule because my insurance had a $5000 deductible and I felt like therapy was gonna be high. Anyway if anyone wants to contact me I’ll leave my email , and I swear I’m not trying to sell ANYTHING , just trying to help people. You can even look at my ebay store at ebob1954 and see all I sell are wheels and hubcaps. Thus is not a forum are would I waste al this time t sell that stuff.
0ebob0@sbcglobal.net. Those are zeros before and after ebob.
Ps. Don’t go. Out and pay $300-$600 for a hiDow. I bought mine from a street vendor in Vegas for my back for $110 and I’ve seen them on eBay for $45-$75

Elizabete
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Hi Elaine
Four months ago i was at the stage you are now. The good news is that at certain point the pain starts going way little by little until you are free of it. Happens to everyone i know who had frozen shoulder. Be patient, keep doing your physio exercises gently and you will get better. I am free pain now and i started gaining my motion back after 8 months. The fist 6 months were terible .
Have a fast recovery.

BOBKELLY
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I’ve had frozen shoulder for about 6 months. Now after one week it’s 95% cured. I went to 3 doctors before I solved it on my own. This may work for others may not , I don’t know I’m not trying to sell anything , just trying to help people who can’t find help. I may ramble so bear with me. Mine started freezing up in Oct. First there was a burning pain between my elbow and shoulder when I would over reach for something. Then that quit , but my shoulder started aching till it hurt all the time , and no over the counter pain mess would work at all. So I went to an internist and he xrayed my neck , tells me it neck muscle causing it. So for 4 weeks I take muscle relaxers and prescription pain pills with NO relief. My 6month checkup was coming up with my regular doctor so I told him about it.,let me back up. Went to internist inDec and my Dr in March. My Dr sent me to an orthopedic Dr. So here we go to Dr 3. He diagnosed the frozen shoulder, shot me with cortisone and wrote a prescription for therapy..that’s the first time I ever heard the term frozen shoulder. This was on 4-13-15. My wife had surgery scheduled for the 18th and my first there was for the 19th. That night 13 th I started googling and looking on Pinterest and you tube for solutions. I was actually shocked that nobody knows a lot about it. I had a buddy who had shoulder surgery for bone spurs and he had therapy to get movement back in his shoulder. He told me they used a Hi-Dow massage zapper is what I’ll call it. Plus they did a lot of stretching ie (pain)). I bought one of the hi Dow things about 6-7 years ago and went looking for it thinking the batteries probably carodded by now , but luckily it has rechargeable battery in it. So I recharged it and got the book out. Lo and behold there it is on page 32. FROZEN SHOULDER so I thought what the heck. Over the weekend I used it about an hr every morning and afternoon. After a couple days I thought it’s getting better,but I thought it was all in my mind till about Tueday (4days) I could put my shirttail in with my right arm. I called and cancelled my therapy, mainly because I thought I’d have to stay with my wife that day , but I also didn’t reschedule because my insurance had a $5000 deductible and I felt like therapy was gonna be high. Anyway if anyone wants to contact me I’ll leave my email , and I swear I’m not trying to sell ANYTHING , just trying to help people. You can even look at my ebay store at ebob1954 and see all I sell are wheels and hubcaps. Thus is not a forum are would I waste al this time t sell that stuff.
0ebob0@sbcglobal.net. Those are zeros before and after ebob.
Ps. Don’t go. Out and pay $300-$600 for a hiDow. I bought mine from a street vendor in Vegas for my back for $110 and I’ve seen them on eBay for $45-$75

Pete Doyle
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Yeah Bob!

Bob kelly
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i had frozen shoulder for 3-4 months. Went to 3 doctors and was fixing to start physical therapy. I talked to a friend who had shoulder surgery and had therapy afterwards. He told me they used hi-Dow massager on his arm and some exercises to get his shoulder back in shape. I may ramble but hang in here with me. My wife was having a lumpectomy the day before my first therapy session so I cancelled it. Now I was in Vegas about 6-7 years ago and bought a hi-Dow massager from a girl in a casino. She started at around $200 and the best I remember I gave $110. So I go home and find it ,thinking the batteries may have carodded (sic) , but thankfully it has rechargeable battery. So I take it out ,charge it up, and look in the instructions and there it is ! Frozen shoulder , by the way I’d never heard of frozen shoulder till the 3rd doctor wrote it on the prescription for the therapy. Anyway I started zapping my arm by the instructions. I could only put it on 3 rd level or 6th I think there are 20 levels but only 10 spots showing and it takes 2 pushes to move up a spot. So anyway I zap myself 3 20 minutes sessions in morning and night. After 2 nd session I thought I was getting better. So I get doing it. Now it’s been 6 days and I swear to you my frozen shoulder is 95% gone after 3 days I could put my shirttail in again for the first time in 5 months. I’m not selling these things and there maybe other brands out there. I’m still amazed that something I bought for pain in my back , that I never tried , has solved my frozen shoulder. Most of the crap I buy never works. I’ll be zapping my back starting tomorrow. I’m still kinda mad at the doctors that didn’t have a clue and the fact that I could’ve spent no telling how much on therapy , since I have a $5,000 deductible, and wasted time. If you think I’m making this stuff up I’m gonna put my email so you can ask me any questions. I run my own business so I know all about scams and sales people. My business is in the automotive industry so don’t think I’m yanking your chain. I saw some hi does on eBay for $40-$75 bucks I can imagine one therapy session would’ve cost more than that. I’m just so thrilled that something I didn’t even know existed 6 months ago and was so painful was so easy to solve. By the way the first dr I went to was an internist and he say it was apples muscle in my neck , so I took muscle relaxers and pain pills for 4 weeks with ZERO benefit. The second doctor could only refer me to an orthopedic dr, who told me to go to the therapy for a month and come back if it didn’t get better. Then they would do. A mri and possibly surgery. Thank god for Pinterest. I read a lot and may have seen something about the hidow there. I just wonder how much$ I would have wasted if I’d gone on with therapy,mri, and surgery. Geez. My email is 0ebob0@sbcglobal.net. This may not work for you All I know is it worked for me. I’m still in shock. If you have any questions shoot me an email. I promise you I’m not selling anything. I just know how painful frozen shoulder is and maybe I can help someone and save some people some money. My eBay selling name is ebob1954. You can check that out and see. All I sell are wheels and hubcaps. Thanks
Bob Kelly

Bob kelly
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elaine , contact me , I’ll tell you what I did to end my frozen shoulder after 6 months of pain. 0ebob0@sbcglobal.net. I promise you I’m not trying to sell anything bust trying to help

Kenneth
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My frozen shoulder started 6 days ago. I just woke up feeling some numbness on my upper left arm. Like something you get from prolonged sleeping on one side, except I actually woke up sleeping on my right side. After 5 hrs I can’t lift my arm above shoulder level anymore. By nighttime I was wincing from the slightest arm movement.

The next day was a struggle trying to take a bath and get dressed for work. I decided to go for acupuncture by noon and had a half-hour session with 4 needles and some electrical pulses on my arm. I was given some bitter powder to drink twice a day for 1 week and advised not to drink or eat anything cold, not even slightly chilled fruits. From afternoon till night I was gritting my teeth while trying different arm movements. A few things I realized was that it’s easier to do the movements while lying down and it helps if you press hard on those painful spots while doing rotation exercises. I even tried exercising with the hot shower aimed on my shoulder. Afterwards, I would apply efficascent oil on my shoulders and rubbed until I start feeling some heat.

The next morning about 50% of the pain was gone. Every chance I get, I would try rotating my shoulder or reach backwards. I will locate that particular movement that generates pain & do slow exercises to the point where I’m almost about to cry. I continued my exercises under hot shower and also while lying down.

On the 3rd day, I was left with only about 20% restricted movement, 4th day 10% and yesterday 5%. Today I’m left with a few tender spots that I can only feel by pressing with my fingers.

James
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Kenneth, You had a sub acromial bursitis most likely, certainly not a Frozen Shoulder…

MUHAMMAD ALI
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Hi All,
I had this frozen shoulder since six months on my right shoulder. Can anyone tell the right home remedy for its cure? Like stretching or moving in which direction? I don’t have so much pain until or unless I’ll not move my hand backward.

Jackie
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Hi,

I woke up with pain on my left shoulder about a month ago and I thought it was going to go away on its own. I had X-Rays done and no sign of dislocation/osteoporsis. My Dr. told me that I have muscle spasms and prescribed steroids and pain meds. But nothing seemed to work. I am not able to lift my left arm above my shoulder. I needed help getting dress and etc. Finding the right clothes to wear everyday was very difficult because it was so paintul to put on clothes. I haven’t done any PT yet. I am going back to the Dr. to see if I could get a referral for PT.

Grahame
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On my second bout of frozen shoulder. First one after a motorcycle accident. This time I think it was after trying to do pull ups with a Nepalese gymnast. I am 57 , what a fool. I went to physio and wasted about £800 it no good. Finally saw a gp. Got an Xray. Cortisone from another gp. Nothing helped. I paid privately to see a specialist £150. Having been told different things by the gps and the physio, it came as a relief to be told emphatically that I had frozen shoulder. He described it as a benign self limiting condition. It will improve by itself in time, or I can have an operation. Cant decide at the moment. It really is a painful condition and I dont think that anyone who hasnt experienced it will fully understand. I would thoroughly recommend looking at the specialists website it is brilliant and fully explains all of the shoulder conditions. Google London Upper Limb Unit.

Grahame
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Hi all, I am on my second bout. First my right shoulder after a motorcycle accident. Did physio and went to a chiropracter and eventually it improved. This time on my left shoulder after I suspect showing off trying to match a gymnast friend doing pullups. He is in his twenties and on the Nepalese national team. I am 57, what a plonker. I forgot just how painful this condition is, this time I am in fairly constant pain. I wasted about £800 on physio before seeing my GP to get a cortisone jab. This was also a waste of time. I then paid to see a specialist. This was worth it even if only to diagnosed correctly with frozen shoulder rather than any other condition. He described it as a benign self limiting condition which will eventually heal itself after maybe 18 months. I dont think that anyone who hasnt had FS can fully understand the pain and misery. I googled what are the most painful medical conditions and sure enough our friend frozen shoulder appears. The specialist has suggested surgery, currently thinking about this. I would highly recommend that people look at the website for the London Upper Limb Unit, he has explained this and other conditions in laymans terms. Good luck

Rose Bohn
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hi Sara, it is really good cure for frozen shoulder, i must tell you this treatment is really works, My shoulder was stuck or freeze when i try to carry heavy bag, after long acupuncture treatment finally release from my pain and I really thankful for Acupuncture Teacher

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