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Andrew asked...

Has my frozen shoulder returned?

I suffered a frozen shoulder last year and had MUA carried out in early September. Following the MUA I had physio and my shoulder was fine, almost 100% movement restored.

However, 3 months later, since around 20th December, I've suffered intense pain. This has been in my lower neck, shoulder (front and back) and upper arm along with pins and needles in my lower arm and hand. My GP said it was a trapped nerve and prescribed painkillers and anti-inflammatories. This has made no noticeable difference.

So my question would be, is this related to my frozen shoulder? Is it in fact likely to be the frozen shoulder returning?

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The answer

So sorry that after your initial improvement you are now in pain again. It is a possibility that the operation and recovery has put stress on the surrounding areas. This is because when part of us is injured and healing, we hold ourselves differently to compensate for the injury. It may improve as you get stronger and maybe further physio would be of benefit to you. Whilst there is inflammation however you should rest and take the anti-inflammatory as prescribed.

It is impossible at this stage to say whether this is a new condition or part of your previous surgery, time will tell. Report any changes to your GP and continue to seek their support whilst the symptoms persist.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.


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