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Some years ago I suffered the terrible pain and disability associated with Frozen Shoulder. At first I endured the symptoms unaware of what was happening. After a few months of extraordinary pain and loss of sleep I sought out a highly respected team of Orthopedic Surgeons.
The surgical team discerned in minutes that my condition was a "very severe case of Frozen Shoulder". The doctors (all in their 50's) were amazed at how much loss of movement my case of F.S. had inflicted on me.
They were adamant that I start intensive P.T. at a well established P.T. facility. The P.T. professional assigned to me was a no nonsense professional who had seen myriad cases of F.S. in her career in P.T..
She carefully measured my highly limited range of motion and then she came up with quite a number of daily stretches, exercises and movements that she and I did together. Additionally, she gave me homework P.T. that I performed on my own as well at home.
She stretched my arm to the point of serious pain as she increased the range of motion and mobility of my arm. She encouraged me to "embrace the pain" and see it as a positive thing that was hastening my cure and restoration of movement.
After four months of four workouts a week for one hour with her I had improved tremendously! I did the same type of exercises and stretches at home after the P.T. sessions.
The pain in the P.T. sessions with the P.T. professional was intense! I screamed and yelled everyday as she stretched my arm and encouraged me to work harder at increasing my limited range of movement.
Her motto and the same motto that my surgical team and nurses all told me was "No Pain--No Gain!!! Wow! they were so right!
The pain of stretching and intense P.T. sessions is not for the weak or faint of heart or those who are coddled but for me the No Pain--No Gain Mantra and reality was proven in just four months of painful workouts in the P.T. sessions!!
I encourage all who can tolerate pain to really workout hard and smile as your yell knowing that as my surgeons, nurses and P.T. professionals all told me, "No Pain--No Gain"!
Best of success to all my fellow F.S. sufferers and remember to "Embrace the Pain" and "Smile through the Pain" knowing that it does pay off with greatly improved range of motion and a faster restoration of your range of movement!
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