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Frozen Shoulder Recovery — Sonja

Frozen Shoulder Recovery — Sonja

Sonja Steffens, a 45 year old woman from Braunschweig, Germany, suffered from adhesive capsulitis frozen shoulder for months. Her doctor told her to get treated with cortisone injections. She chose not to and found us instead. How did that work out for her? What was her frozen shoulder recovery like?


 

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Frozen Shoulder Recovery — Vanessa’s Story

Frozen Shoulder Recovery — Vanessa’s Story

Vanessa Bird from Essex, UK has been suffering with frozen shoulder pain since late October 2014. Find out about her frozen shoulder recovery process — treatments and procedures she tried — and what finally helped her get her frozen shoulder fixed.

 

Vanessa has been suffering with shoulder pain since October 2014, when she felt for the first time a “ping” in her left upper arm.

Over the following 6 weeks, her upper left arm and shoulder area became increasingly painful, and stiff. Movement in the shoulder socket progressively locked. As all GP Doctors were away during the Christmas period, she was unable to see anyone until early January 2015. She was prescribed Paracetamol in December 2014 by the locum Doctor, but painkillers did not work.

Vanessa was able to get an appointment with an Orthopaedic Surgeon in January at Spire Wellesley Hospital in Essex, where she got x-ray and MRI scan of the shoulder. The orthopaedic surgeon diagnosed her with a frozen shoulder without adhesions.

“I was disappointed to find out that Manipulation Under Anaesthetic (MUA) operation did not help me. Following the operation i still had intense pain in my left shoulder.”

Vanessa Bird

On February 4th 2015, she had a Manipulation Under Anaesthetic (MUA) operation. The outcome was a slight improvement in range of motion, but disappointingly she still had intense pain in her left shoulder.

Two weeks after the operation Vanessa met again with the same surgeon due to this pain. She had another x-ray to check for damage, and once all was cleared the doctor gave her a second cortisone injection, as the family was planing to go on a holiday. Cortisone gave Vanessa a brief relief from the pain, which lasted for about 2 weeks.

Vanessa was also visiting a physiotherapist throughout this time, but it proved to be ineffective.

After the failed physiotherapy, she decided to try a local chiropractor that she already knew. She attended for 4 weeks (3 times a week), but this appeared to only aggravate the pain, and did not help her shoulder. As she saw no progress and decided to stop.

On 21st April 2015, Vanessa had her third cortisone injection, hoping to at least get some brief relief from the pain. To her disappointment, the cortisone shot was ineffective this time around.
In an attempt to subdue the pain she was also prescribed Fentanyl patches (Codeine).

In May 2015 Vanessa started attending a Sports Injury Specialist who specialises in Neil-Asher Technique (NAT), and have been seeing him twice a week. She had some positive result regarding the pain, which became more of an ache rather than pain. But as she jolted her arm, she was now in constant intense ache, which was going from her left shoulder, down to her elbow, wrist and her hand.

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Vanessa’s range of motion prior to the OAT procedure


At this point Vanessa had been suffering with frozen shoulder pain for more then half a year. She had tried painkillers, cortisone injections, Manipulation Under Anaesthetic (MUA) operation, physiotherapy, chiropractic treatment, and the Neil Asher Technique (NAT). None of them helped. She was still experiencing pain, and was unable to function normally in her every day life.

Still hoping to find some solution, she searched for any option on the internet. She found out about Frozen Shoulder Clinic and the OAT procedure. Although sceptical she didn’t hesitate to get in touch.

On July 7th 2015 Vanessa flew with her husband to Estonia where she had her shoulder fixed with the OAT procedure. This time for good!

Below is Vanessa prior to the OAT procedure describing the outcome of her Manipulation Under Anaesthetic (MUA) operation as well as other treatments and procedures she has tried.

Video: Vanessa prior to the OAT Procedure

In the video below you can find out more about Vanessa’s OAT procedure and her recovery.

Video: Vanessa’s OAT Procedure

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Day After The OAT Procedure

“The day after procedure we went out for a quick walk between training sessions, and Vanessa was on my left side holding my hand. Then, without a single thought, she scratched her right cheek with her left hand – without pain! – using it as normal!

Absolutely Marvelous! Words just cannot tell you how grateful we are.

Thank you!”

Gary Bird

Like many other frozen shoulder sufferers, Vanessa also was not able to do many things due to her frozen shoulder condition. Things which we normally take for granted, but due to the excruciating pain suddenly are unable to do. For Vanessa one of this things was to drive her car on her own.

As it had a manual gearbox, she was unable to use it. Prior to the OAT procedure she was thinking about selling it and buying an “automatic”. Thanks to the successful OAT procedure Vanessa got to keep and drive her own car!

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Vanessa in her car – First & top gear (farthest forward & farthest back position).


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Frozen Shoulder Recovery — Rannveig’s Story

Frozen Shoulder Recovery — Rannveig’s Story

Rannveig Haraldsdóttir is a 47 year old grammar school teacher from Iceland. She has been suffering with shoulder pain and sore muscles for quite some time, but since fall 2014 her pain was getting much worse. Find out about her frozen shoulder recovery process — treatments and procedures she tried — and what finally helped her get her frozen shoulder fixed.

 

Rannveig has been suffering with shoulder pain and sore muscles for quite some time, but since fall 2014 her pain was getting worse. In January 2015 she went to sought treatment with a chiropractor, hoping that he will be able to help with her recovery. Shortly after her treatment her shoulder got completely frozen. She decided to stop as the chiropractic treatment did not prove to be helpful. On the contrary, her shoulder was now getting worse.

One month later in February, her shoulder was still completely frozen. Rannveig now went to see an orthopedic surgeon, and he suggested to perform an arthroscopic decompression surgery on her shoulder.

Not completely convinced about the surgery, she decided to try and fix her shoulder with a cortisone injection. She got the injection into her shoulder, but just couldn’t find any improvement or reduced pain.

After thoughtful consideration Rannveig now agreed to go through with the surgery, setting the operation date on March 27th 2015.

“I did not want a surgical operation being performed on my shoulder. But as the pain was so severe, I decided to go through with it.

I was disappointed to find out that Arthroscopic Decompression Surgery did not improve my condition in any way.”

Rannveig Haraldsdóttir

Arthroscopic decompression surgery did not produce any immediate signs of improvement. So, she decided to visit a physiotherapist, hoping that he would be able to speed up her recovery after her frozen shoulder surgery. She found physiotherapy to be very painful, but decided to keep on going as she has hoped that the condition would improve with time.

To reduce the pain, she also did her second cortisone injection – this time in her elbow. Same as previous cortisone injection, this one proved to be a temporary relief from the pain, but in general she didn´t find the cortisone injections helpful.

After two months of physiotherapy she saw no progress and decided to stop.

At this point Rannveig had been suffering with frozen shoulder pain for already half a year. She had tried chiropractic treatment, cortisone injections, arthroscopic decompression surgery and physiotherapy. None of them helped. She was still experiencing great pain – especially at night, and was completely unable to function normally in her every day life.

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Rannveig’s range of motion prior to the OAT procedure


Still hoping to find some solution, she searched for any option on the internet. She found out about Frozen Shoulder Clinic and the OAT procedure. Although sceptical she didn’t hesitate to get in touch.

In July 1st 2015 Rannveig flew together with her husband to Estonia where she had her shoulder fixed with the OAT procedure.

In the videos below you can find out more about Rannveig’s OAT procedure and her great recovery from the day of her procedure, up to her 4th day.

Rannveig’s OAT Procedure Video

The day after her OAT procedure Rannveig’s was concerned about her full recovery, and how long it might take her. They discuss together with Dr. Oolo and her husband the treatments and procedures she had tried in the past, and that her full recovery is expected in next 1 to 3 months.

Day After the Procedure

“I had been suffering from frozen shoulder since February. It was a great decision to go to Estonia and meet Dr. Oolo and his great staff. Thank you all for helping me and give me my life back!”

Rannveig Haraldsdóttir

Her chiropractor in Iceland was very impressed with Dr. Oolo’s results and has since been helping her in the recovery process in Iceland.

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The Theory of Trigenics

The Theory of Trigenics

Trigenics is a process that uses the body’s normal communication system, through the nervous system, to stimulate movement. Like if we set our mind strongly enough to achieve something that we desire and we have the right motives with enough energy, then our subconscious will always get us there. (more…)

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What Are The Real Frozen Shoulder Causes?

What Are The Real Frozen Shoulder Causes?

Dr. Duplay first described frozen shoulder in the late 1800s and suggested that the underlying cause of the condition was soft tissue damage due to some kind of trauma. In the years since Dr. Duplay’s observations, research has shed new light on this condition and we now know that frozen shoulder is caused by inflammation and results in the formation of scar tissue in the shoulder joint. It is this scar tissue that ultimately makes movement difficult. (more…)

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