Seven months ago I fractured my shoulder in four places in a bike accident.  Following the instructions of my orthopedic surgeon, Dr. White, I initially kept the injury immobilized with a sling and swath, and eventually I started physical therapy. Using a combination of therapies, including chiropractic adjustment and massage therapy, the pain resulting from the physical therapy could be managed naturally, without the use of pharmaceutical drugs.  Thanks to this bone-building OsteoDiet, excellent health care, and lots of prayers, my shoulder fractures healed in record time!   Before releasing me as a patient, Dr. White said that I should continue to stretch my shoulder for a full year in order regain complete mobility.

I’m doing just what Dr. White recommended.  I stretch it at the gym, during home exercise, and off-and-on during the day.  I stretch it in every direction I can think of.  I stretch so much that I hardly think about it anymore.  Stretching has simply become a constant in my daily life.

And you know what?  Yesterday I noticed for the first time that, when lying on the floor to exercise, I could reach both arms overhead and touch the floor with the fingers of both hands!  I wondered if I would ever be able to do that again with my left arm, and now it has happened.  In all other directions, I had already recovered full mobility of my shoulder joint, but until now I still couldn’t quite touch the floor with the fingers of my left hand overhead.  Now that I can do that, I feel sure I will be able to recover 100% overhead mobility, too!

Seven months later the good word is still…STRETCH!  🙂


9 Comments on Progress Report: Shoulder Fracture Recovery After 7 Months

  1. I fell several months ago and landed on my shoulder, x-rays showed a fracture under the clavical and one other in my upper arm. The aching seems to be getting worse and I have a lot of weakness in my arm. Even typing this makes my whole arm and shoulder ache. Is this normal, it aches if I write for a while to. How long does it take to get back to normal

    • Kathy says:

      I wish I knew the answer to your question. However, if I were experiencing increasing pain after several months, I would have it checked out by my doctor. Perhaps a new x-ray would help you pinpoint the cause of the pain and give you peace of mind. God bless you!

  2. Emily says:

    I broke my left collarbone (into 4 pieces) 2 weeks ago in a biking accident and it’s wonderfully heartening to read your posts. Although I mentally know the road ahead (to full recovery), there are many bumps along the way. And I say that despite the fact that I have already been through this once before, breaking my right collarbone (into 4 pieces) 5 years ago, in a different biking accident. Can’t wait to be able to garden, or bike, or even just lift my kids (both toddlers) again…I know, it will happen, in time.


  3. Heather says:

    Is hand and finger problems normal with a fractured shoulder – 6 months on I still have problems with my fingers cannot grasp properly

  4. bet says:


    Glad to hear you are all recovered.

    I broke my right shoulder (i’m right handed ) at the start of January and I just wondered when you think i will be comfortable to return to work please ? My job involves working at a computer for most of the day.

    Many thanks

    • Kathy says:

      Hi, Bet. I returned to teaching in August, about two months after my shoulder fracture. I was able to work at my computer without difficulty, but I had to stretch it often. Your shoulder fracture might be different from mine, though. I’ll keep you in my prayers for a speedy healing!

  5. Kathy says:

    Hi, Gail. I’m so glad to hear about the improvement with physical therapy. You have a such a positive attitude toward physical therapy! My PT told me that attitude makes a world of difference, and that motivated people makes the greatest progress. Congrats on your granddaughter, too! You right: grandchildren are a tremendous joy. 🙂

    God bless your day,

  6. Gail says:

    Hi Kathy,

    I’m so happy to hear that you’re still seeing improvement seven months down the road! It’s very encouraging to me. I am almost at the four month mark following my fracture and surgery. My surgeon has pronounced the bone healed, although he says it will continue to remodel and strengthen over the next year. I have been in physical therapy for about four weeks now, and it has made a world of difference! I am almost excited to go to each appointment so I can continue to make progress. My swollen hand which I wrote you about earlier is much improved, although the fingers and wrist are still not completely back to normal. I know I have a ways to go because my therapist told me in the beginning that I was very stiff and had my work cut out for me. I told him that I was very motivated and would do whatever it takes.

    Thanks for the time you take on your website – it is certainly a great source of information.

    And congratulations on your new grandson – grandbabies are the best! My first grandchild – a girl – is two now, and has been a joy in my life since she was born.

    Blessings to you,


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