I had a fall on Boxing day 2011 and hurt my wrist by falling backwards, a simple bandage seemed appropriate and eased the pain. The next day under pressure from a friend as it was still really painful we dropped into Monash emergency, well the desk triage nurse looked at this well bandaged wrist and said it was broken. Sure enough after an xray a broken radius. This was repaired on new year eve with a plate and ten screws being inserted.
After a few months of physio and telling them that the shoulder was not good (Public hospital), i went back to the gym. The wrist was hurting but the shoulder would not move where it should. I had been seeing a Chiro (Tim Dunn) at Rowville who said i had an impingement and we could probably work it out, after a few weeks of the chiro treatment i asked for a referral of and MRI just to make sure i was taking the right course of action and had to see the GP who made me do various moves and stated that he believed i had a tear in the shoulder and gave me the referral for the MRI. The MRI was done and the radiologist report stated a SLAP tear from 11'oclock to 1'oclock. All gym work on the upper body stopped there!
Frozen Shoulder is also called adhesive capsulitis
Trying to find an appropriate surgeon (no private insurance) and the long waiting periods, during a wrist checkup at Dandenong hospital (Southern Health), a booking was made to see a shoulder specialist. This specialist was Trung Nguyen. Trung asked me to do some movements and within about 3 minutes said i had a frozen shoulder, he then looked at the MRI's and this did not change his opinion. He then booked me in for a hydrodilatation of the shoulder.
Base on the diagnosis i did some reading and found that an effective treatment was manipulation under general anaesthetic which has the risk of breaking the arm, based on this i decided i could not hurt the arm by working out hard.
Monday 18th July 2011, Had the hydrodilatation, very unpleasant and would recommend you take 2 Endone before doing this. It's not excruciating pain and is tolerable be not nice. The end result is great though.
Wednesday 20th July, Started working it hard. I started pushing hard straight away and pushing into the hurting region (remember manipulation under general anaesthetic works), well it's now 3rd August and i would not know that i have a frozen shoulder except when the Chiro really pushes hard.
If you have a frozen shoulder and it is confirmed by a specialist then just push it and work it hard. See Trung Nguyen and then just keep pushing it past the pain barrier, probably do not bother with a physio but go hard movements and manipulation with a chiro.
End result and summary : Have hydrodilatation then go to the gym and push as hard as possibly (into the pain area). Remember only to push to the point then it does not hurt your good arm.