Upper arm and backpain, reduced movement and kyphosis

by Darlene

Do you also have stiffness in the lower neck?

Do you also have stiffness in the lower neck?

Upper arm and backpain, reduced movement and kyphosis suggests a frozen shoulder.

This is difficult to describe but I have had pain in my right shoulder that developed about 8 months ago; I am unable to lift my arm very far above my head without a pulling sensation in my upper arm; it's like it is restricted by a muscle or something.

I also cannot reach behind my back. I have trouble sleeping at night due to pain in the shoulder as I sleep on my right side usually. My left side is beginning to show some of the same symptoms.

I have kyphosis and my DO has "put me back in place" several times, but it only lasts a few days. He is not quite sure what is causing my symptoms. I broke my elbow in April of 2015; it went undiagnosed as they only x-rayed my wrist, for 2 weeks. I don't remember much about the fall, just the pain!

Do you have any suggestions on what this might be and how I can repair it? I am a 54 year old female, so some of it could be arthritis, but the onset was so sudden, I'm not sure of that.

Hello Darlene,
What you are describing is the typical symptoms and signs of a frozen shoulder, though to make the diagnosis obviously an examination would be necessary. It could be related to the fall and fractured elbow, but that was nearly a year before.

Just to be certain, I'd recommend an x-ray seeing it's gone on so long; to rule out pathology that can happen, and see if there is are any calcium deposits in the joint. Your doctor may decide an ultrasound scan is more appropriate, or even an MRI.

Meantime, it's important to keep the shoulder moving, or it'll turn to concrete. I would recommend once the diagnosis has been confirmed that you start our frozen shoulder exercises every day; in fact several times a day. There will be discomfort but should be no pain; take it slowly or you'll increase the pain.

The good news is that it's very treatable; the bad is that if you don't do anything it may take four or more years to resolve on its own.

See if you can find a sports chiropractor with a FICS qualification; just adjusting the spine will not be adequate.

I hope this helps; let us know in a month or so how you are getting on.

Dr B

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