Re: Cortisone Shots
Shoulder injuries can take an enormously long time to heal. I had a frozen shoulder a few years ago with practically zero range of motion.
Before the doc recommended physical therapy, he tried a cortisone shot into the shoulder and sent me home with a print-out that warned me that "you may experience more pain after the shot than before, but this will subside within 24 hours"
Well. A half hour goes by. No problem. An hour. Hmm, I feel nothing. 1 1/2 hours, nothing, and then WHAMMO at the two hour mark I could not believe how much pain slammed into my upper body! It was mind-boggling, bring-you-to-your-knees pain.
I could not move my arm at all, nor did I want to. My boyfriend had to cut me out of my T-shirt with a scissors because I could not manoeuver my arm enough to get it off.
I could not lie down without the pain TRIPLING... so I went to "bed" that night propped up in a sitting position.
Bottom line, the acute post-injection pain they warned me about DID go away but unfortunately did not help the frozen should one iota.
(All this isn't to say that an injection might not be a good idea for you and work well for you..Not everyone has the reaction I did. And of course our injuries are somewhat different..Sounds like you experienced direct trauma from the accident. Mine just crept up slowly on me. So speak to your orthopedist)
It was then I went for physical therapy. It took going 3 times a week for 8 weeks before I was reasonably okay and had some range of motion without too much pain. But even then I had to continue a lot of "homework" the phys. therapists gave me, and it took a full year before I could use that arm entirely pain free.
In between PT sessions, are you doing certain exercises daily that the therapist has given you? How often do you see the PT person?
I feel for you...but have patience...this is no easy fix. It really does take time.
Last edited by zuzu8; 12-12-2004 at 06:29 PM.