Anyone else done this? Came off bike and injured shoulder last September now Doc says I have a frozen shoulder - previous sufferers any advice please re when is safe to get back on and start MTBing again as at mo off the singletrack and on the road only and even that hurts.
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Get a specialist opinion and x-rays if you haven't already is all I can say.
I was initially diagnosed with this, then x-rayed where the doctors diagnosis turned into calcification of the shoulder. Referred to a specialist and physio, where I was told there was no calcification - it was early signs of arthritis, probably due to trauma (an ancient a-c separation). No real confidence in any of the diagnoses, but I'm receiving physio treatment at a sports injury clinic which seems to be helping.
I have a frozen shoulder after breaking collar bone last July. Get referred to a physio asap - you need to get some specific exercises to get your shoulder moving asap before bad things start happening like adhesions.
The physio is basically aimed at stretching your shoulder joint back to full movement - its unpleasant but it works, i am almost back at full arm movement after 6 months.
Cold makes it painful but heat patches can help - but most importantly get physio and get some exercises to do to get it moving again.
As above get yourself some physio exercises. In fact I'm surprised the doctor didn't tell you this.
Mine was caused through a skiing accident, an out of control French man decided to use me as a stopping block down a piste.
My doctor was fantastic and showed me what exercises to do from the outset. When it became apparent that this would be a long term thing, he gave me a cortisone injection. This didn't work, however another one a couple of months later did the trick.
You may be in this for the long haul, mine took 18 months to get back to normal.
Had this through kayaking Painfull & could'nt raise my arm above horizontal. I'd echo the above advice to seek help quickly. They'll probably give you stretching exercises to help remobilise the joint. Mine took almost a year to fully recover.
Interesting my physio sent me away once he was sure the shoulder was frozen. He says physio wouldn't help. He recomended get on the books of surgeon, just in case, which I did. Eventually it just got better.
I had an AC separation on my right 8 months ago, now got a frozen shoulder on the left. My GP said this isn't uncommon - makes no sense to me. I have been offered steroid injections - do they help? is there any reason not to? Naprosyn and physio has helped to a degree.
I had have an injury to my upper back that occured over 6 years ago, for 5 years the doctors kept sending me for tests and saying just give it time. They have never once scanned the injury area and keep sending me for blood tests and other nonsense for a back injury
After about 6 months they decided I was a hypochondriac, I slipped a disc in my lower back and they never even realized it, I recieved no treatment at all, started getting treatment from osteopaths just over a year ago and both of my injuries are healing well.
After over 6 years of chronic pain and utter incompetence from the NHS I'm just glad I can afford private care, my advice is to find the right warm up and stretching exercises through seeing a specialist.
Call some physios and ask them what they think, then take notes and research it for yourself online.
I have no faith in doctors what so ever, research it for yourself as it's your quality of life that's at stake, not theirs.
Good luck and I'm sorry to hear that you are suffering, Farewell.
I wouldn't take the injection as an easy way out of avoiding the physio. Although the physio takes a while it also works to restrengthen your arm and shoulder as you do it, as well as improve the movement of your shoulder. I was threatened with the injections which made me crank up the physio which led to a really speedy improvement.
my dads had a frozen shoulder for 2years and been in constant agony,been through physio chinese herbal,accupunture and cortesone injections,now he's in for an op today to fix the problem.hopefully you wont need to go down this route but my dad at 62 and still liking his golf couldnt put up with the constant pain and not sleeping every night,be out of the game for a month but hopefully he'll be pain free and less grumpy haha
Thanks for responses - did any of you actually MTB while getting treatment for frozen shoulder? I've carried on MTBing with the shoulder pain for 5 months before going to Doc - now it has been diagnosed as frozen shoulder and Doctor says I mustn't MTB and I've got a trip to Glentress organised for May.
I started to ride when I could, but then I was also recovering from broken collarbone and other stuff at the same time - the exercise was good for the shoulder movement though. I struggled to turn right and brace against bumps at first though! I'd really press for a physio referral or go find a local physio if you can afford it.
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