Originally Posted by Infinitewriter
Is there something that says only middle aged people can have frozen shoulder? All I know is 2 orthopedic specialists and a physical therapist told me that I developed it and the specialists were afraid to go any further in my treatment until it was fixed. I was put in aggressive phyiscal therapy for a month with an at home tens unit. Tomorrow I see the orthopedic specialist again.
Well, for some strange reason many doctors, PTs and even Orthopedic srgeons call a stiff shoulder a frozen shoulder and at times even when it is not very stiff. A frozen shoulder is a much different entity from a stiff shoulder as it has a type of immune cell marker and so is most likely inherited. Half of the people who develop a frozen shoulder will develop one in the other shoulder provided they do not become too old, ie over 60. Many because of the inheritance factor will develope Dupuytren's a contracture of the inner fingers of the hand. The third condition of this group is Peyronie's disease which can only affect men! Interestingly the frozen shoulder is time limiting and recovers in time without treatment the other two do not.
Let me say two things, firstly TENs units are useless and the worst treatment of a frozen shoulder, if you had one would be "aggressive physical therapy".
So let your PT know what you know now and see what he of she thinks.