Frozen Shoulder Manipulation

Frozen shoulder sucks!

The Mayo clinic reports:

Your risk of developing frozen shoulder increases if you’ve recently had to have your arm in a sling for several weeks, or if you have had surgery in which your arm was immobilized in a specific position for a prolonged period.

How to Heal a Frozen Shoulder

That’s a million dollar statement – if you knew how to do it.  In truth, typical treatment involves:  the use of anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections and physical therapy.  Physcial therapy can involve several different modalities:

  • Ice packs
  • Electric stimulation
  • Range of motion stretches
  • strengthening exercises

If none of this helps, you may be a candidate for Manipulation Under Anesthesia.

Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA)

Sounds sanitary – doesn’t it?  What it really means is that you’re put to sleep and then your shoulder joint is forced to move in various positions:  flexion, external rotation, internal rotation.  This manipulation stretches and tears the scar tissue that has developed in the joint capsule.  Oh – they put you to sleep because of the pain involved.

Video of Shoulder Joint Manipulation Under Anestesia

Notes from MUA video

As you can see, the doctor performing the manipulation in the video is moving the patients shoulder in the same way a physical therapist does during physical therapy.  The only difference is the doctor is not inhibited by the patients pain level.

Self-Stretching for Frozen Shoulder

You could take matters into your own hands….here’s how to Stretch Your Shoulder with the Rotater.  Here’s what one frozen shoulder sufferer had to say about the Rotater:

“Thank heavens for my discovery of The Rotater. In therapy, the trained therapist could manipulate my arm to keep/increase rotation but on my own I wasn’t able to do that very well at all. Therapy, at $80/session, was getting expensive yet I knew I needed to keep up the rotational manipulation so that when the “thawing” began I would still have retained as much shoulder/arm function as possible.

The Rotater allows me to work with the limited function of my shoulders to continue exercising my arms and shoulders. Even with both shoulders involved, the Rotater device permits easy stretching and holding to get a “good” rotation. While the device looks “simple,” this is not a “one trick pony” with one stretch only; you can use The Rotater you’re your own body to rehab your shoulder with internal and external rotation in several positions.”

Read the rest of this frozen shoulder success story.

About Chris Melton

Chris Melton is an entrepreneur, blogger and one of the owners of Joint Mechanix, LLC ... the creators of the Rotater ... a rotator cuff rehab tool used by physical therapists, athletic trainers, athletes and proactive shoulder rehab patients.


  1. sylvester ray says:

    well ihad open rotatorcuff surgery on 1-16-13 then on 5-2-13 had a manipulation under anesthesia and iam still hurt arm want goup and about to have another manipulation under anesthesia have anyone had this problem before and can me what was theoutcome


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