Adhesive Capsulitis

Adhesive capsulitis is better known as frozen shoulder. It is a condition whereby the shoulder joint of the person suffering, has stiffness and pain. 

It is generally diagnosed with indicative signs and symptoms and medical history. 

Surgery is resorted to, only when medications and therapy do not produce relief from stiffness and pain over a prolonged period of time. This implies that the condition prevails for more than 12-18 months

What is Adhesive Capsulitis?


Adhesive capsulitis is better known as frozen shoulder. It is a condition whereby the shoulder joint of the person suffering, has stiffness and pain. 


What are the Causes of Adhesive Capsulitis?


The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint which consists of the bones, the ligaments and tendons holding the joint together, encapsulated in connective tissue. 

When this capsule of connective tissue stiffens, it tightens around the bones, tendons and ligaments, thus restricting their movement. 

Doctors have not been able to pinpoint the exact cause of this condition. However, some factors increase the chances of occurrence of this condition:

  • Women above the age of 40 are more likely to have this condition.

  • Persons with reduced mobility of the joint due to factors such as broken arm, recovery from a surgery, stroke, rotator cuff injury are more prone.

  • Diseases such as diabetes, tuberculosis, cardiovascular conditions, Parkinson's disease, hyper or hypothyroidism too are prone to suffer from frozen shoulder.

There are preventive measures to avoid a frozen shoulder, which your physiotherapist or consulting doctor may help you with exercises. However, some cases may require surgery. 


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