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?
Frozen Shoulder Recovery — Sonja Steffens’ Story
Sonja Steffens, a 45 year old woman from Braunschweig, Germany, suffered from adhesive capsulitis frozen shoulder for months. It started with some minor shoulder pain. She had thought that the pain would go away but it instead grew progressively worse. Eventually, the pain caused immobility such that she couldn’t move her shoulder at all. Sounds familiar?
She was not able to do so many daily tasks that people take for granted such as doing her hair, getting dressed, driving, etc. As a result, her quality of life suffered dramatically.
Her orthopedist recommended a steroid injection for temporary relief of pain and a slight range of motion increase. Cortisone is a powerful steroid which targets and temporarily decreases the amount of inflammation in the affected shoulder joint. Inflammation causes tightening and stiffening of the affected joint and pressure from inflammation causes pain. Decreasing the amount of inflammation in the frozen shoulder joint with cortisone will sometimes have the almost immediate effect of slightly increased mobility and somewhat diminished pain. The caveat is that the effects of the steroid injection usually only last 1 or 2 weeks. Then the shoulder returns to the same (or sometimes even worse) state than before the cortisone treatment.
Knowing that it can sometimes take years for adhesive capsulitis frozen shoulder to resolve itself, Sonja set out to find some answers herself. Her search lead her to the Trigenics® Youtube channel. She watched some videos and decided to contact us.
Watch her uplifting, frozen shoulder recovery story below!