Ask the doc­tor

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Q

I’ve been told that I have a frozen shoul­der. My doc­tor has given me some anti-in­flam­ma­tory pills, but things seem to be get­ting worse. I can’t dress my­self and I’m strug­gling to change gear in my car. Is there any­thing else I can do? Catherine, Nuneaton

A

Yes. Frozen shoul­ders are very com­mon and usu­ally take 18 months to two years to get bet­ter. Make an­other ap­point­ment with your GP, who may be able to in­ject the joint with steroid to re­duce the pain. He’ll prob­a­bly also sug­gest phys­io­ther­apy to im­prove mo­bil­ity. This is likely to in­clude stretch­ing ex­er­cises, mas­sage and hot and cold com­presses. It’s im­por­tant to fol­low the ex­er­cise sched­ule and keep your shoul­der mov­ing as keep­ing it still will make the prob­lem worse.

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