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