Tag: Frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder, neck pain and back pain; what is the connection?

Frozen shoulder, neck, and back pain; what is the connection? A patient developed lower back and shoulder pain over the pandemic and believed it was due to working at home with less-than-perfect ergonomic conditions. Her lower back pain evolved into shoulder pain which took months of therapy to improve.   More recently the pain developed into the right shoulder and she endured months of therapy again which did little to resolve her pain.  She was told numerous things by the orthopedic who had ordered MRI scans of the shoulders, and lower back and was told she had conditions that did not Read More »

The frozen shoulder that wasn’t and how to get the right care for you.

The frozen shoulder that wasn’t and how to get the right care for you. Patients are often diagnosed with all sorts of shoulder conditions based on their symptoms rather than the functional reason for the pain.   It seems that they are often inevitably sent to an orthopedic who inevitably after taking some x-rays and injecting the shoulder refers them to someone else who follows a prescription for therapy to the area of complaint. This one size fits all approach often fails to resolve the problem since it works on the symptom while improperly diagnosing why your shoulder hurts. Typical one Read More »

Frozen shoulder syndrome is more than a shoulder problem; here’s how to get the help you need.

Frozen shoulder syndrome is more than a shoulder problem; here’s how to get the help you need. You reached into a cabinet and all of a sudden you experienced a sharp pain in your shoulder.  It is quite painful, especially when reaching it and it feels stiff as well. You may have also had a stiff neck and lower back problems from time to time but they went away. You call your primary doctor who then first gives you medication and then sends you for therapy to the shoulder and tells you that you have a frozen shoulder otherwise known Read More »

Dr. Charschan demonstrates 5 shoulder exercises to stabilize the rotator cuff.

Dr. Charschan demonstrates 5 shoulder exercises to stabilize the rotator cuff. If you have rotator cuff problems, strengthening the shoulder can be a challenge, especially since most shoulder problems also involve the core and leg muscles. Most frozen shoulders we treat are affected markedly by the hips and pelvis and often a tight hip capsule had been a precursor. As part of our rehabilitation regimen; when the flexibility of the shoulder has markedly improved and all resistance from the lower body has been resolved, I recommend these exercises using free weights to strengthen the shoulder’s intrinsic muscles first. Once those Read More »

A knee replacement nightmare; one doctors experience with one size fits all medicine.

A knee replacement nightmare; one doctors experience with one size fits all medicine. We are all alike, aren’t we?   This is of course a ridiculous suggestion however, the health care system constantly uses a one size fits all model to make our problems fit the way they are taught to see them, but not necessarily the way they are. In my opinion, it is one of the largest cost drivers of health care resulting in many useless tests and interventions due to a lack of understanding that often begins with primary care.  Is your blood pressure low, high or right for Read More »