I want to share my personal experience on how I healed my frozen shoulder. Before experiencing my frozen shoulder I used to be careless about my health and hardly exercised.
Frozen shoulder is a condition when the tissue around your shoulder joints becomes inflamed this causes stiffness and severe pain in the shoulder joint. This condition can occur if you had an injury or you are diabetic. The symptoms begin gradually and grow worse over time.
Initially I didn’t realize that my shoulder was frozen just thinking it was ordinary pain so I went to see my GP due to the shoulder ache who advised me to take painkillers. I began to take the painkillers but the movement in my shoulder started getting worst day by day and in couple of months’ time I could only move my arm by a few inches. I couldn’t brush my hair, put my shirt on or even wash my face.
My GP then referred me to the Physiotherapist who inspected my shoulder and told me that it was frozen. She directed that it would take about 18 months to recover. She further advised me not to depend on painkillers because they won’t help in the healing process and can also cause side effects. I was unable to understand how somebody could get relief from pain without taking painkillers.
My Physiotherapist instructed that I should stay as active as possible and keep moving my shoulder as that would help in healing. She further advised that not using your shoulder could make the stiffness even worse, so you should continue to use it as normal.
She suggested some shoulder exercises three times a day for 10 minutes duration. The exercises included were arm circles, pendulum stretch, towel stretch, cross body reach, outward & inward rotation, shoulder rolling up, down, back & forward, as these would fix my shoulder. I followed the advice of the Physiotherapist and began exercising without taking painkillers. The exercise sessions were painful for the first 3 to 4 weeks but I never gave up and kept doing them. After 4 weeks time the shoulder pain started to disappear I then realized she was right in saying “No Pain No Gain”.
Since that day I exercise every morning, by doing so I feel more energetic and strong. A couple of years ago I also started practicing Yoga, which strengthened me mentally and physically. I am thankful to that Physiotherapist who changed my life for the better.