I saw the orthopedist today and the verdict is that I have something called “frozen shoulder.”
According to this website:
Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) is a disorder characterized by pain and loss of motion or stiffness in the shoulder. It affects about two percent of the general population. It is more common in women between the ages of 40 years to 70 years old. The causes of frozen shoulder are not fully understood. The process involves thickening and contracture of the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint.
Happy 40th birthday year to me right? He is not exactly sure what caused it, but he’s positive he’s made the right diagnosis. From reading websites about it, I have to agree. Unfortunately, the treatment doesn’t work overnight. I start physical therapy tomorrow going 3 times a week, plus exercises to do at home. It may take as long as a year or two until I have a full mobility back. Joy. He said about 5% of the cases do not respond to therapy and require surgery, but I’m not thinking about that right now.