Yesterday in physical therapy, Jeremy stretched my shoulder joint vertically to about 165 degrees (out of 180). This means I have recovered most of my range of motion since my shoulder fracture in June, but not all. Jeremy said the last degrees are the hardest in stretching out a “frozen” shoulder, where the tough capsule surrounding the ball-and-socket joint has pulled tight to protect the joint. Continuous stretching and muscle strengthening are key to recovering full range of motion–and I am determined to do just that.
Meanwhile, I have been enjoying getting back into sports. Saturday I ran/walked 2.2 miles–my farthest distance since the bike accident. I can finally support my weight on my boogie board, too! The beach was beautiful last Sunday, and I caught a dozen waves before my shoulder got tired.
Every time I get discouraged about the seemingly slow progress on recovering the last degrees of range of motion, I have to remind myself of the progress made so far. It’s really a miracle that I’m at this point after less than three months! Rome wasn’t built in a day, they say. I need to have patience with the process of healing that my body requires. After all, that frozen shoulder capsule developed for a purpose: to protect my shoulder so that it could heal. Now to convince the capsule that it’s okay to loosen up!