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   Frequently Asked Questions 



   How do I know if I have a frozen shoulder?  While there is no exact

    way to determine that beyond a medical exam, there are several signs and

    symptoms in many cases such as:


  •     Sudden onset of severe pain without injury
  •    Significant limitations in shoulder mobility
  •    Pain may be worse at night 
  •     You tend to stop using the affected arm
  •    Your shoulder feels stiff
  •    Unable to reach the arm overhead or behind you



   What is the best way to treat a frozen shoulder?  You must mange the

    pain by avoiding painful activities and use anti-inflammatory medications if

    approved & recommended by your physician.  Beyond that, heat, ice and

   very specific stretching and range of motion exercises must be done to

   prevent further motion loss and help regain the movement that has been

    lost.  As pain subsides, selective strengtheinig exercises should be done

    to restore proper shoulder function.



   How long does it take to get better?  This may vary depending on

    whether you have other problems (arthritis, rotator cuff tendonitis, bursitis)

   and your pain levels.  I have seen cases resolve within a few months, while

    others have persisted for 2 + years.  But, you can make the entire process

   more manageable and resolve faster by applying my exercises during

   the three stages of the condition.



   How quickly can I expect to see results with your program?  In most

   cases, you should notice some improvement within a few weeks.  Often,

   the progress is steady and may come in spurts.  It is also strongly related

   to your pain tolerance and adherence to the frequency of exercise that is

   prescribed in my book.  As the frozen shoulder may take months and

   months to resolve, you must be persistent and patient with the exercises.

   With that said, I expect most poeple to begin seeing good progress during

   the first 1-2 weeks.



   Should I move my shoulder even if it hurts?  Yes.  The worst thing you

    can do is quit moving and using the arm.  This will only make the pain and

   stiffness even worse.  So, the best thing to do is work within your pain

   tolerance and try to move it a bit more each day.  With that said, I do not

   recommend heavy lifting or forcing the shoulder through extreme ranges of

   motion, as this typically increases inflammation and prolongs your recovery.



   What can I do besides stretching and range of motion exercise?

   I advocate using moist heat to loosen the shoulder up and reduce pain,

   especially before exercise, while using ice after exercise or at the end of

   the day serves to decrease inflammation related to use and increased

   activity.  Icing before bed is also a good idea to improve sleep.  Don't

   worry about the ice making the shoulder stiffer.  Icing the shoulder attacks

   the inflammation which causes the pain with movement.



   Can I print out the manual?  Yes.  It is less than 50 pages long.  You

     may be thinking that is not very long.  However, I packed a ton of info

     into each page (not much open space just to make it longer) and I gave you

     exactly what you need to solve your problem without a lot of extra fluff.  So,

     even if you don't like e-books, you can easily print it out and put it in a 3 ring

     binder of your own and refer to it all  the time.