Shoulder dysfunction after treatment
I finished my last radiation treatment on April 27 and promptly dislocated my right shoulder (the side where I had my mastectomy and radiation) in the hospital parking lot when a car backed up and tapped my hip (seriously didn't hit hard enough to justify the word hit). At first I seemed to be recovering well, but after about 2 months I've started going backwards. I'm in constant pain and my range of motion is becoming severely limited. My orthopedic doctor says I'm developing frozen shoulder, which my oncologist says is super-common after breast cancer treatment. My internet research seems to indicate that hormonal imbalances and shoulder injuries are two of the biggest risk factors for frozen shoulder. Obviously, the hormone therapy has to continue regardless of its negative effect on my shoulder.
So... has anyone else out there dealt with shoulder problems post-treatment? Any tips for how to approach it? I have a PT, but I'm debating trying to switch to an oncology PT because I feel like this one was just doing standard stuff for a dislocation without taking into account the additional risks the treatments create. I'm also going to try an orthopedic massage therapist and accupuncture. My orthopedic doctor suggested a cortisone shot, but those have some risks so I'm not sure whether that would help or hurt. Mostly, I keep hearing a lot of "it just takes time," which is super-frustrating because I have just about had it with doctors at this point. After a year of surgery, chemo, and radiation, I'm just so ready to be done.