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Adhesive Capsulitis: What is it?

Description of the Condition

Adhesive capsulitis, also known as frozen shoulder, is a condition characterized by inflammation of the shoulder joint capsule, leading to significant loss of mobility and pain in the shoulder.


Adhesive capsulitis is classified into three stages: freezing, frozen, and thawing.


  • Pain in the shoulder
  • Loss of mobility
  • Difficulty raising the arm


The exact causes of adhesive capsulitis are unknown, but risk factors include shoulder injuries, diabetes, and certain medical conditions.


Diagnosis involves physical examination, X-rays, and MRI.


Treatment includes physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, and in some cases, surgery.


Preventing adhesive capsulitis involves an active lifestyle, avoiding injuries, and regular shoulder exercises.


For the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of adhesive capsulitis, it is important to consult an orthopedic surgeon or a rheumatologist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.