Frozen Shoulder and Anchor Tendon

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I started PT in Dec 2015.  I went twice a week for 12 weeks and was doing very well.  Then it went downhill.  I started getting severe pain from my long anchor tendon.  The PT was so painfull i would beg him to stop. He tried dry needling, electrodes, taping.  I decided to stop the PT and do my own excerises, which I'm very faithful with. I ice at least once a day.  Now I have to use a pillow at night to support my arm.  It's been 8 months.  I'm getting very discouraged.  I'm a golfer and it kills me not to be able to get out there. I have read and read on this FS.  My doctor told me also to push until it hurts doing the excerises.  I don't agree with that.  I do the daily routines but try not make it hurt.  I hope I'm right.  Reading all of your stories is helping me some.  I just feel like it will never be the same. Keep up the good discussions.

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    Hi, Cynthia

    I live in British Columbia.  My physiotherapist told me the exact opposite.  My shoulder began this ridiculous journey last November.  About 6 weeks ago, it stopped hurting through the night and I was able to sleep again - now it is more discomfort.  At the worst point, I couldn't lift my arm on its own at all - I certainly couldn't reach around my back.  My physio said to just keep moving the arm until I felt a bit of discomfort so as not to lose any range of motion.  I take it to that edge every day, but definitely not to the point of pain.  It is now July and I have been dealing with this for 8 months.  I can now lift my arm 90 degrees and reach across my back (although not up towards a bra strap yet).  I don't notice a difference day to day, but every week I gain a little more movement - I can now reach the top of my steering wheel, but I can't comfortably rest my arm on the car door with the window down.  Little accomplishments like that tell me I'm going in the right direction and an end is in sight.  It's hard to say if this would have gone faster with aggressive painful physio, but I'm content with the path I've taken.  Incidentally, the best stretch I was given that also provided some pain relief was to stand by my bed, bend at the waist and let my "bad" arm hang down like an elephant trunk, letting the shoulder droop into it.  Use your good arm to keep your balance against the bed.  Gravity acts as traction.  Start making teeny circles with your arm as it hangs down.  I found so much relief from this - particularly when I couldn't sleep.  As my range of motion increased, so did the size of the circles.  Good luck to you as you navigate this nasty affliction!

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      Thank you. The arm swing is called the Codman. It's great and does help. I've noticed little things also. But today I'm feeling a bit depressed. Last week was a good week thought I was on the road to recovery and then the spasms started again. Also I lost my balance and hit my shoulder. Oh, the jolting pain. Tears....

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    Hi Cynthia, I'm so sorry that you have been dealing with this for so long. I developed a frozen shoulder after falling on the ice on my pond back in Feb 2016, at the time I dislocated and fractured the greater tuberosity of my Humerous. The fractured healed, however during that time my shoulder froze. I was doing therapy twice a week with little results. I am a RN and have not been able to work because of it. I was so tired of going to therapy which was very painful at times and was not fixing my frozen shoulder. One night I was looking up frozen shoulder online and came across a youtube video called Frozen Shoulder Cured in one Minute! I was curious so I clicked on it and was amazed! What I was seeing was just like me and what I have been dealing with! So, the next day I thought what the heck why not check it out? I asked for the free assessment, sent all of my information and eventually they accepted me and I went to have the trigenic OAT procedure done. I just had it done on July 14, I went all the way to Toronto Canada from Wisconsin. I am so glad I went because I'm happy to say that he CURED my frozen shoulder in ONE treatment! Honestly, my mother came with me for support and she was in tears during the first part of the treatment because he had my arm up from 30 to 101 just by doing the trigenic part!!! After I had the OAT procedure done my arm was at full ROM at 180! I was able to remove my bra that night using my hands behind my back! The next morning I was able to fasten my bra behind my back! I haven't been able to do either of those things since Feb! Please really consider going to this clinic and having this procedure done, it has given my life back! In six weeks I will be able to go back to work!

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      I have seen the video but could not find any info on what the procedure actually is? Can you explain. Is it manipulation? Thank you.
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      I'll be honest and say that it is very similar to manipulation under anesthesia. The main difference is that in this procedure you are awake, you are not unconscious, you are pretty relaxed with a medication and it seemed like he used a little hypnotism during it. I think another big difference is the part he does first, before any injection or medication. That part he already had a great improvement in my ROM, it was from 30degrees to 101. He also a 99-100% success rate compared to 70-80% rate with arthroscopic surgery or manipulation. It is hard to descibe what he does during the first part. You can kind of see the device he uses on some of the videos, it is a kind of a gun with a few probes on it with rounded ends and he presses that into your upper back/shoulder and you have to move your arm in certain and breathing out while he is using that device and guiding your arm. I don't think any doctor here in the states does anything like it and I think that is a main reason why he has such great success. He treated several people that day I was there, so it does not take a lot of time, you can eat/drink whatever you want because you are not put to sleep and have to have a breathing tube down your throat. My family and I would reccomend anyone who is dealing with this terrible condition to go to Dr O, he will fix your shoulder and give you your life back!

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    I also have to strongly disagree with the "no pain no gain" attitude - it is not universally accepted and many surgeons believe it will do more harm than good.  It seems more prevelant in the US than here in the UK, for some reason.   I've always been told to stop when it hurts and do gentle, stretching excercises to try to keep as much movement as possible.  

    What worked for me was hydrodilatation, which I had after about 6 months of hell with my shoulder..  Within 2 days of the procedure I was pain free and have remained so.  I didn't get instantaneous release of my shoulder but since December, when I had it done, I have regained 90% of my movement back though gentle (and to be honest, not very regular) excercise, without pain.  I'm pretty much back to normal now - there's little I can't do and the most I've experienced is a bit of mild discomfort if I do too much or lift anything too heavy.  I know hydrodilatation doesn't work for everyone but there are certainly other, less painful routes than intensive physiotherapy.

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    My doctor and physio both told me to only work til you feel the pain not push through it

    Physio says it can cause more inflamation which we want to avoid

    She also lent me a tens machine which helps as a pain relief so I can push further without pain

    The specialist I saw recomended hydrodilatation which is a saline solution injected into the joint, sounds painful but it wasnt.They do a local antisetic 1st

    I got a bit of ROM back but have to have another next week

    So there are other treatments other than surgery

    Recently I heard of Trigenics not sure how that works but from the youtube videos the results are instant

    Wishing you all the best

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      How much does hydrodilatation cost? I just had the trigenic procedure done on July 14, and would like to compare the cost. Yes you have almost all of your ROM back, even reaching behind your back which is the most difficult one to get back immediately. I was able to remove my bra that first night and put it on normally the next morning! It was amazing!
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