The ugly face of frozen shoulder

I can not help to be disturbed by the few patients I saw with frozen shoulders “gone wrong” over the past few weeks. There were 3 ladies all with similar stories: surgeons operated on their shoulders not making the diagnosis of incipient or established frozen shoulder and performed surgical procedures – in some cases probably for the wrong diagnosis. It is abundantly clear that if any surgery is done to the shoulder in the presence of an existing frozen shoulder it is literally simillar to adding “fuel to the fire”. The pain of the frozen shoulder intensifies severely and the natural course of the condition is prolonged by months to years. Neurological sequelae ensue and the problem becomes one that is virtually untreatable with pain and stiffness rendering the individual incapable of functioning in domestic, social and professional environments.

The main message is that treating doctors should be weary of making diagnoses of “arthritis, impingement, calcific tendinitis” and others especially in females in the age group 45-55 where the conditon of frozen shoulder occurs frequently and avoid surgery before ruling out the presence of frozen shoulder


About Joe de Beer

I am an orthopedic shoulder specialist. I am passionate to share tools and information with people to empower them to manage their shoulder problems successfully with the least intervention
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2 Responses to The ugly face of frozen shoulder

  1. Susie says:

    The growing number of “unnecessary” surgeries that I have personally encountered is alarming, to say the least…perhaps if more doctors, such as Dr. de Beer, would approach the patient holistically, consider all options available that might serve in the patient’s best interest (exercise, when deemed appropriate, diet/nutrition, relaxation, regular meditation (shown empirically to help manage both interim and long-term pain), counseling etc.), there would be fewer of these cases. On the other hand, if the situation allows, patients should also take responsibility of informing themselves with regards to their condition, researching the doctor/specialist whom they are going to consult, whenever possible, and to seek second or even third opinions, if necessary.

  2. Sally says:

    When I first met Dr De Beer over 3 months ago after 2 failed shoulder ops and a third surgeon telling me to live with the pain for the next two years, I was ready to jump of a building. Now I am jumping for joy after a successful capsulotomy with Dr De Beer. The best part was that after suffering with pain day and night for months I had found a genuine surgeon who believed me instead of being brushed off as if it was in my mind. That alone made me feel positive that there was light at the end of the tunnel. My first op was the beginning of my nightmare that would last close to four months and if I had gone to Dr De Beer to start with I would have been sorted without surgery. I believed my first surgeon and didn’t feel it necessary to get another opinion (my worst mistake I have ever made) but how do we know it is the wrong surgeon when they seem so confident in what they say! So infact he worsened what was the start of a frozen shoulder. The 2nd surgeon made things even worse by operating again and ‘fixing’ what the 1st surgeon couldn’t do. Now I could not move my arm at all and the pain was so bad I ended up in ER many times for pain meds. That’s when I was told by a 3rd surgeon that he did not want to get involved as my shoulder was so frozen from two failed ops and it would take around 2years to come right so I need to live with it as there was no op to rectify it. Luckily I did some research and found Dr De Beer online and he fitted me in the next day. He has been amazing and supportive and always available. In just one month he has made my life back to the way it was and I am 80% cured with each day an improvement. I hope no one has to go through what I went through just by going to the wrong surgeons and I owe so much to not only the ‘best’shoulder surgeon but also such a nice caring person.

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