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Dads Problem - Frozen Shoulder


#1

my dad is 58 and he use to lift weight with me like a year ago. but then his right shoulder started to bother him. he still lifted at that point even though he probly shoulder have. but he eventually got an MRI. and it pointed to maybe he had rotator cuff damage. but today he went to see a specialist and he found out that there is no rotator cuff damage and that he has a frozen shoulder. my dad actually use to have a frozen shoulder in his other arm..

he ahdent lifted weights back then, it was like 5 years ago. they said he needed surgery on his shoulder at that pont, but once he heard that he stopped going to physical theropy because he didnt want to get sergery. but from stretching it and stuff that shoulder is completetly better. id really like my dad to start hitting the weight with me again at some point. and was wondering what he could do to fix this problem with his shoulder. he dosent wanna go to physical theorpy and feels he can fix it on his own. so i wanted to get osme information on how he could go about doing this and getting back into the weight room. any help would be apptetiated.

pat


#2

I have this problem also. Its medical name is adhesive capulitis. The main thing seems to be to keep moving it in as great a range of movement as you can manage, do lifts that don't overly stress your shoulders and wait. It can take up to a year to get over it. Apparently the alternative is to get the doc to anaesthetise the shoulder then manipulate it through a full range of motion. Don't know how that would go, I'm not game.

Some other useful tips: do lots of external rotation work. I use two monster mini bands joined together and loop one end round a doorhandle - 20 reps at a time, aim to total 100/day); for pressing I have found reverse grip floor press very easy on the shoulders. Use a fairly wide grip (similar to what you might use for curling) and keep elbows tucked in.


#3

I don't know if ART would be a viable option in this case, but it might be worth looking in to. I would also reccomend yoga. My mother has had a lot of issues recently (due to age and a massive car accident several years ago), she started with ART, but after a year when she wasn't getting any further, she started yoga and is doing very well. I started doing yoga once a week at work on lunch and it has helped immensly with some nagging problems and flexiblity.


#4

I had the same problem about 3 years ago and ended up seeing a physical therapist. After about 6 weeks, I was back to 90%+ in range of motion. It took about another 6 months to gain it all back, but I was able to manage that on my own.


#5

Claire Davies, author of The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook, is releasing a book that deals specifically with frozen shoulder soon. In the meantime get the trigger point book, it will work wonders. I've cleared up two chronic injuries that resisted all medical treatment using the techniques in the book, and you can pick it up for about twelve bucks at Amazon.com.


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#7

In a recent visit to a Dr who is perfoming ART on my shoulder he briefly disscused another patient he has that has a frozen shoulder.He is fixing it but it is very painful to work through.