What should I do for a frozen shoulder?
Q: I suffered transient ischaemic attack (TIA) 7 months ago, which was cured and I was put on medicine. Again next month, same episodes occurred with increased frequency, again admitted and put on heparin for few days and then discharged. Since then my right arm is not functioning and also causing severe pain 24 hours. Physiotherapy as well as medicine as per doctor's advice is continuing. Doctors advised that this pain is due to frozen shoulder and shall take about 18 months to get cured. Presently I am facing much numbness in right hand and pain is also continuos. I have high BP and diabetes also. Please advise.
A:You have been given the right advice by your doctors. It does take 18 months to 24 months to get cured. In the meantime I would advise you to continue your physiotherapy exercises with your physiotherapist. Exercises under supervision are a must for you. If you have pain at night, then see to it that you do not take any kind of heat treatment for your shoulder as this will aggravate your pain. Try to keep your arm rested on the pillow or table at regular intervals. Do not sleep on the affected shoulder. As your range of motion of the shoulder joint improves,your pain will reduce. Till then caution and exercises are a must for you.