A Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis is one of the most painful conditions I have ever experienced, it was 6 years ago – February 2007 [before I had started eating a fruit and vegetable diet] I developed frozen shoulder in my right shoulder. I knew absolutely nothing about this condition and set about going thru the list of treatments and alternative opinions to what and how I could treat it.
It was about this time I started the Blood Type diet, and being an A pos blood type, I gave up tomatoes, capsicums, white potatoes, chillies and eggplant, all from the deadly nightshade family as they are all on the Avoid list for an A BT. I did notice a reduction in the inflammation associated pain, but at the time I did not put the two together, thinking it was just down to the freezing, frozen and thawing pattern of this condition.
It probably took approximately 18 months to restore full movement in my shoulder, so you can imagine my distress when just recently I have developed frozen shoulder in my left shoulder. I have to say the pain was excruciating.
The whole process started about 4 months ago not long after we returned from Hawaii, there was some painful tingling in my left upper arm and spreading across to my pec’s, it continued to get worse, so I went off to a Physio to get a professional opinion only to be told it was frozen shoulder !!
I continued struggled with the pain, which was constant & effecting every single movement I made, making sitting and sleeping a nightmare.
Medical pain relief was not an option, as I wanted to stay clear about the pain levels and not to have the restricted movement masked in any way. After enduring almost a month of pain on the scale of 10, I went back to the physio to see if there was anything they could suggest or maybe have a scan. Their only suggestion was to have a steroid cortisone injection into the shoulder to relieve to inflammation so to enable the next stage of frozen shoulder to start, but there was no guarantee this would work. I walked out of the office with a referral to see a doctor to get the injection.
But it cut across absolutely everything I knew, believed in and experienced about health. So whilst driving home I remembered the deadly nightshade inflammation effect it has on A blood types, and realising over the last 4 months I had increased my intake of tomatoes, red capsicums, chillies and eggplant, I made the decision to not eat them any longer.
I was totally blown away by the speed and effect of not eating this family of foods, simply by not adding any of them to my evening meal that night, the pain subsided immediately !!
Whilst my shoulder is still severely restricted in movement, I am no longer experiencing the constant throbbing pain associated with the inflammation.
I am including an article on Frozen Shoulder for you to read, if you need further explanation, but the bottom line is no one knows what causes it or how long it lasts or any real treatment that will be effective in reinstating full shoulder movement.
Given my personal testimonial of the deadly nightshade family of foods, you might like to try it, I would love to know your results.
I have put together a video on my Frozen Shoulder experience, it just might help you somehow 🙂
Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
What is Frozen Shoulder?
Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis is a common source of shoulder pain.
While frozen shoulder is commonly missed or confused with a rotator cuff injury, is does have a distinct pattern of symptoms resulting in severe pain, loss of function and eventually stiffness. hence the word “frozen” aptly describes this condition although only in stage two or three.
The more precise medical term for a frozen shoulder is “adhesive capsulitis”. In basic terms, it means that your shoulder pain and stiffness is a result of shoulder capsule inflammation (capsulitis) and fibrotic adhesions that limit your shoulder movement.
What Causes Frozen Shoulder?
Unfortunately, there is still much unknown about frozen shoulder. One of those unknowns is why frozen shoulder starts. There are many theories but the medical community still debates what actually causes frozen shoulder.
What is known is that frozen shoulder causes the capsule of your shoulder to shrink, which leads to pain and reduced range of shoulder movement. Your shoulder capsule is the deepest layer of soft tissue around the joint, and plays a major role in keeping your humerus within the shoulder socket.
Who Suffers from Frozen Shoulder?
Frozen shoulder is more likely to occur in people who are 35-50 years old. It can be primary, with no known cause, or secondary, associated with an underlying illness or injury.
There are a number of risk factors predisposing you to developing frozen shoulder.
Approximately 20% of people who have had a frozen shoulder will also develop the condition in their other shoulder in the future.
What are Frozen Shoulder Symptoms?
Frozen shoulder has three stages, each of which has different symptoms.
The 3 Stages are:
Each stage lasts on average 6-8 months if left untreated.
How is Frozen Shoulder Diagnosed?
Frozen shoulder can be diagnosed in the clinic from your signs and symptoms. In some cases you may be referred for X-rays or MRI to rule out other causes of shoulder pain. X-rays are not able to diagnose frozen shoulder. MRI or preferably MRA can provide a definitive diagnosis. A double-contrast shoulder arthrography is the traditional diagnostic method, although this is usually not required if you have a skilled clinician.
A clinical diagnosis of frozen shoulder can be determined by a thorough shoulder examination. Your physiotherapist will ask about what physical activities you are having difficulty performing. Common issues include:
Frozen Shoulder Physical Examination
Your physiotherapist will ask you to perform shoulder movements. Frozen shoulder has a distinct capsular pattern of stiffness:
Normally, your strength will still be normal with the exception of pain inhibition. Frozen shoulders are commonly non-tender on palpation examination due to the pathology being quite deep. Quick movements are very painful with patients very keen to avoid any fast movements such as reaching or throwing and catching.
A good diagnosis is the key to providing the best treatment for you. Frozen shoulder has a totally different treatment regime to rotator cuff injuries or bursitis, so an accurate diagnosis is vital.
Frozen Shoulder Treatment?
Physiotherapy treatment for frozen shoulder depends on what stage you are in, and is tailored to your specific needs.
Pain relieving techniques including gentle shoulder mobilisation, muscle releases, acupuncture, dry needling and kinesiology taping for pain-relief can assist during this painful inflammation phase. Intracapsular corticosteroid injection is considered when pain is unbearable.
Shoulder joint mobilisation and stretches, muscle release techniques, acupuncture, dry needling and exercises to regain range and strength are useful for a prompt return to function. Care must be taken not to introduce any exercises that are too aggressive. Overzealous exercises can reaggravate capsular synovitis and subsequent pain. a quality shoulder physiotherapist will know how much is enough and how much is too much.
Shoulder mobilisation and stretches are your best chance of a prompt return to full shoulder movement. As your rnage of motion increases your physiotherapist will be able to provide you with strengthening exercises to control and maintain your newly found range of movement.
Can You Prevent Frozen Shoulder?
While the spontaneous onset frozen shoulder is of unknown origin, you can prevent frozen shoulder caused by disuse by avoiding long period of shoulder inactivity. eg post-surgery or injury.
If you do have a shoulder or arm injury, it is always advisable to seek the professional advice of someone such as your physiotherapist about exercises to help prevent a secondary frozen shoulder developing. This is especially important if you are in a high risk category.