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Adhesive Capsulitis of the Shoulder

Adhesive Capsulitis of the Shoulder, more commonly referred to as Frozen Shoulder, is a condition that is defined by pain and stiffness of the shoulder joint. This stiffness may be intermittent at first but will worsen over time. Frozen Shoulder occurs when the capsules that surround the shoulder joints begin to thicken around the joint causing pain and limited motion of the shoulder.

This condition is often seen in those who have had extensive periods of immobility of the arm and shoulder, such as those in a cast or sling. For others, this condition is brought on by chronic overuse of the shoulder joint. This condition is also more common in those with arthritic condition as arthritis may cause inflammation to the area.

Signs and symptoms

  • Pain in shoulder
  • Limited range of motion of the shoulder
  • Inability to extend or lift shoulder
  • Pain when extending or lifting shoulder